* Final day of G7 summit overlooking Mediterranean
* President Trump remains undecided on Paris climate deal
* Italy looks to put focus on Africa, migration
By Crispian Balmer and Noah Barkin
TAORMINA, Italy, May 27 Leaders of the Group of
Seven wealthy nations meet African heads of state on Saturday,
the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by
discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism.
U.S. President Donald Trump told his G7 counterparts from
Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan on Friday that
he had not yet decided whether to honour a landmark 2015 Paris
accord on curbing carbon emissions.
European leaders have expressed frustration in private at
having to go back over an issue that they believed had been
signed and sealed two years ago.
There was also continued friction over global trade, with
Trump, who got elected promising to put America first, blaming
multilateral commerce deals for U.S. trade deficits and
demanding what he terms a "level playing field".
However, the G7 leaders said there was broad agreement on an
array of fraught foreign policy questions, including on Syria,
Libya and North Korea.
They also vowed to increase efforts to counter extremism
after an Islamist militant suicide bomber killed 22 at a concert
in northern England on Monday, and told internet service
providers and social media companies to "substantially increase"
their efforts to rein in extremist content.
"The threat of terror is one that all our countries face and
now more than ever we must strengthen our resolve to overcome
this threat," said British Prime Minister Theresa May, who
skipped the Saturday talks and returned home a day early because
of the Manchester attack.
Italy hosted the G7 meeting in Sicily to draw attention to
Africa and the plight of migrants who are risking their lives in
ever greater numbers to make the perilous crossing of the
Mediterranean in search of a better life in Europe.
More than half a million have landed in Italy since 2014,
with 1,400 brought ashore by rescuers on Friday alone.
The leaders of Tunisia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Niger and Nigeria
will join the discussions on Saturday morning, with Italy keen
for the world's wealthiest nations to help the continent develop
its economy in an effort to persuade young Africans to stay
However, Italian proposals to highlight the positive impact
of migration and to promote a major initiative on food security
were both shot down in pre-summit talks, with the Trump
administration unwilling to play up any benefits of human
mobility, a diplomat said.
The leaders are expected to issue a vastly shorter
communique than in previous years, with one European diplomat
suggesting it might be just six pages long compared to 32 last
Diplomats worked late into the night to try to agree the
wording with the United States on global trade.
There appeared to be little expectation of any overnight
breakthrough on climate change, meaning Washington's G7 allies
might take the unusual step of issuing a statement just in their
own names to stress their continued support for the Paris deal.
Despite the impasse, Trump's economic adviser Gary Cohn said
the president's views on climate were developing.
"He came here to learn. He came here to get smart. His views
are evolving which exactly as they should be," he said on
Friday, adding that Trump would ultimately do what was best for
the United States.
(Additional reporting by Steve Scherer, Giselda Vagnoni, John
Irish, Steve Holland and Andrea Rinke; Editing by Noah Barkin)