Giorgia Meloni, the Italian Prime Minister, will depart from the G7 summit in Hiroshima early and head back home to handle the severe floods that have claimed 14 lives, a diplomatic source said today.
The Emilia-Romagna region received six months’ worth of rain in 36 hours, with the floods being the worst the country has witnessed in a century.
The source said Meloni would exit the summit tonight, going back home a day before talks end tomorrow.
A final statement has already been released, and Meloni has also met with the summit’s unexpected guest ― Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky.
Leaders at the meeting in the Japanese city have expressed their support to Meloni, who showed pictures of the calamity during talks.
French leader Emmanuel Macron tweeted that France was “ready to offer any useful assistance”.