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Italy’s Meloni rejects criticism from Trudeau over LGBTQ+ rights at G7 Summit

Trudeau made the comment on TV right before they began private, bilateral talks
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Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni, right, talks to Infrastructures Minister Matteo Salvini after addressing the lower Chamber ahead of a confidence vote for her Cabinet, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. Giorgia Meloni, whose party with neo-fascist roots finished first in recent elections, is Italy’s first far-right premier since the end of World War II. She is also the first woman to serve as Italian premier. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Italy’s far-right Premier Giorgia Meloni rejected criticism from her Canadian counterpart at the G7 Summit about her government’s stance on LGBTQ+ rights.

A reporter asked Meloni about the criticism at a news conference early Sunday (May 21) in Hiroshima, Japan, which is hosting the annual summit of leaders from seven of the world’s leading industrialized nations.

On television Friday, Prime Minister Trudeau told Meloni — right before they began private, bilateral talks during the summit — that “Canada is concerned about some of the positions Italy is taking on in terms of LGBT rights.” He added that he was looking forward to talking with the Italian premier about that.

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Meloni looked annoyed, twiddled her thumbs and listened in silence, while Trudeau switched to French to sum up his English remarks. Then camera operators left the room, and the two leaders commenced their close-door talks.

Earlier this year, Meloni’s government told city halls to stop automatically registering both parents in same-sex couples but instead to limit recognition of parental lights only to the biological parent of the child. Gay rights activists held rallies to denounce the move, calling it homophobic.

Asked about Trudeau’s remark, Meloni said that he had fallen “victim” to “fake news” and propaganda, and even said that that his assessment “doesn’t correspond to reality.”

The Associated Press

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