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G7 leaders pledge action to counter foreign interference in new statement

G7 leaders pledge action to counter foreign interference in new statement
The pontiff is slated to deliver an address to G7 leaders about the promises and perils of artificial intelligence.

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G7 leaders pledge to counter foreign interference and AI threats

Leaders of the G7 countries have expressed their increased concern about foreign interference and have announced plans to create a "collective response framework" to counter foreign threats to democracies. This pledge was made as part of a 43-page communique released by the leaders of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany, and Japan. The framework is expected to be put together by government ministers by the end of the year and will include publicly exposing "foreign operations of information manipulation." Pope Francis also addressed the G7 leaders, warning them to take a responsible approach to AI and ensure human control over decisions made by artificial intelligence programs. The leaders also discussed issues such as the conflict in the Middle East, relations with China, climate resiliency, gender equality, and migration. The summit also saw discussions between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with Trudeau congratulating Modi on his re-election. The leaders also pledged to continue providing support to Ukraine and its people, with Canada promising to contribute up to $5 billion toward a $50-billion loan to Ukraine.