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What is the purpose of the G8 (Group of Eight) Summit?
The purpose of the G8 Summit is for the Leaders of the world’s major industrial nations to meet in an informal setting and discuss the major issues facing the world.

When is the G8 Summit?
The Sea Island Summit will take place June 8-10, 2004. The G8 countries take turns hosting the annual Summits. The United States assumed the Presidency of the G8 in 2004. President George W. Bush selected Sea Island, Georgia as the site of this year’s Summit.

Who are the members of the G8?

  • United States of America
  • French Republic (France)
  • Russian Federation (Russia)
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
  • Federal Republic of Germany (Germany)
  • Japan
  • Republic of Italy (Italy)
  • Canada
  • Representatives from the European Union also attend the annual G8 Summit

Who are the leaders of the G8?

  • The Honorable George W. Bush
    President of the United States
    United States of America
  • His Excellency Jacques Chirac
    President of the French Republic
    French Republic (France)
  • His Excellency Vladimir Putin
    President of the Russian Federation
    Russian Federation (Russia)
  • The Right Honorable Tony Blair, MP
    Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
  • His Excellency Gerhard Schröder
    Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
    Federal Republic of Germany (Germany)
  • His Excellency Junichiro Koizumi
    Prime Minister of Japan
    Japan
  • The Honorable Silvio Berlusconi
    Prime Minister of the Italian Republic
    Republic of Italy (Italy)
  • The Right Honorable Paul Martin
    Prime Minister of Canada
    Canada
  • His Excellency Berti Ahern, T.D.
    Prime Minister of Ireland, President of the Council of the European Union
    European Union (EU)
  • His Excellency Romano Prodi
    President of the European Commission
    European Commission (EC)

Has the United States hosted the G8 before?
The United States has hosted the Summit four times: in San Juan, Puerto Rico (1976), Williamsburg, VA (1983), Houston, TX (1990), and Denver, CO (1997).

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