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G7 summit: Video of Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni looking at France's Emmanuel Macron and handshake goes viral | World news

A recent video circulating online capturing a frosty exchange between Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and French President Emmanuel Macron has sparked a stir on social media. Internet users noted Giorgia Meloni's cold rebuff to Emmanuel Macron following their dispute over the inclusion of specific language on abortion rights in the final declaration of the G7 summit.

French President Emmanuel Macron is greeted by Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni on the first day of the G7 summit at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Savelletri, Italy, on June 13. (REUTERS)

An X-user named Dr. Eli David commented on the video, saying: “Italian Giorgia Meloni can't hide her contempt for Macron.”

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The viral video showing Giorgia Meloni rolling her eyes as she faces Emmanuel Macron and gives her less-than-friendly handshake emerged just hours after a heated debate over language on abortion rights at the G7 summit.

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The disagreement took center stage in Italian media, potentially overshadowing the G7 summit's focus on supporting Ukraine. Giorgia Meloni's office denied reports of the removal of references to LGBTQ rights from the statement, calling them “unfounded.”

Earlier, media reports claimed that the word “abortion” was not mentioned in a statement on the G7 summit agreed on Friday, showing that there had been disagreement on the issue between the host, Italy's far-right Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, and her allies.

In a statement following a summit in Hiroshima, Japan, the heads of state and government of the Group of Seven rich democracies committed last year to addressing “access to safe and legal abortion.”

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However, this reference did not appear in the final declaration of this year's summit in Apulia – and the diplomats blamed Meloni.

The statement said: “We reaffirm our commitments contained in the Hiroshima Leaders' Communiqué to universal access to adequate, affordable and quality health services for women, including comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights for all.”

Both the United States and France had hit back after reports emerged that Meloni – a far-right politician and anti-abortion activist – was trying to soften language regarding women's rights.

A senior EU official had previously confirmed that attempts to use more explicit wording had failed.