Joe Biden apologises to Anthony Albanese over cancelled trip to Australia as they meet at G7 summit
A key meeting between three world leaders and Australia's prime minister will be held on the sidelines of the summit in Japan. touched down in Japan on Friday as a guest for the three-day talks in Hiroshima between some of the world's most powerful countries. On the sidelines of the event, leaders from Australia, the United States, Japan and , plan to meet on Saturday after the QUAD summit was cancelled. The meeting was set to be held in Sydney next week, but was called off after president cancelled his trip due to domestic issues surrounding the debt crisis. 'I'm looking forward to our conversation today, and hosting you for an official state visit this year in Washington DC, President Biden told Prime Minister Albanese during a meeting on Saturday. 'And again, I truly apologise to you for having you to come here, rather than me be in Australia right now but we have a little thing going on at home I got to pay attention to.' The four leaders will discuss co-operation on secure digital technology, submarine cables, infrastructure capacity building, and maritime domain awareness, the White House confirmed. Mr Albanese and the US president signed a new agreement committing to further collaboration between the two nations on climate and clean energy. 'Today what we've done is add a new element to that alliance upfront, unequivocally - climate action,' Mr Albanese said. The annual G7 gathering began by issuing sweeping new sanctions against Russia over the illegal invasion of Ukraine and is widely expected to focus on nuclear non-proliferation, economic woes, and the impacts of climate change, across eight working sessions. Alongside G7 nations, Australia announced new sanctions against Russian entities and a machinery export ban. 'The G7 is a critical body of the seven of the world's largest democracies coming together at a time in which we have global instability,' Mr Albanese said on arrival. The decision to hold a Quad leaders meeting came after President Biden announced he would not be able to make the extended trip down to Australia earlier this week. 'After President Biden had to postpone his trip to Australia, the Quad leaders agreed that they would hold their summit in Hiroshima to ensure that the four leaders could come together to mark the Quad's progress over the past year,' it said. Shortly before G7 leaders gathered for a ceremonial welcome, Mr Albanese met with Antonio Guterres, the United Nations' Secretary General, on Saturday afternoon. The two men discussed Australia's commitment to the international order, humanitarian concerns in Sudan and Ukraine, and efforts to tackle climate change. They spoke about the role of the UN, as well as the importance of supporting small island nations with finance, climate change resilience and adaptation. On Saturday evening, Mr Albanese is expected to address leaders on climate action before meeting Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, to continue discussions on a free trade arrangement between the two markets. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is scheduled to attend the G7 on Sunday to give an in-person briefing on the state of his country's resistance against Russia's invasion.