The Significance of the Seven-Power Summit
by John Kirton


6. For example, prior to the Toronto summit of 1988, Canadian foreign minister Joe Clark met with the ministers from the newly formed Group of Eight major Latin American Countries to discuss their concerns about the forthcoming Toronto summit, especially with regard to debt relief. The Canadians also gave some consideration to sending Prime Minister Mulroney to the Soviet Union, in his role as summit host, prior to the event. The most advanced step in this process of global linkage has come from French President Mitterrand, who invited the leaders of fifteen developing countries from around the world to meet with him, and the other heads of the summit seven in Paris in the days preceding the opening of the 1989 summit, and who received a letter to the Seven from Mr. Gorbachev during the summit itself.

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