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Have the G7 or G8 Leaders Ever Agreed Not to Issue a Communiqué?

Madeline Koch, G7 Research Group
May 27, 2017

Yes: at Kananaskis in 2002, Evian in 2003, Sea Island in 2004, 2005 in Gleneagles and 2006 in St. Petersburg, the G8 host leader issued a statement summarizing the leaders' discussion. At other summits, the leaders and their representatives issued communiqués or declarations that had been carefully negotiated — often right up until hours before being published.

At Gleneagles and St. Petersburg, the G8 leaders released a joint statement with the leaders of Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa.

To our knowledge, there has never been a year that the leaders and their representatives had prepared for a declaration but not reached consensus at the summit itself, resulting in a chair's summary.

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