The world’s security challenges are at the top of the agenda of foreign and interior ministers of the Group of Seven countries who are gathering in France.

Interior ministers in Paris are focusing Friday on environmental crime, including reckless deforestation, waste trafficking and protection of lands and wildlife.

They will then detail joint commitments on fighting terrorism and human trafficking in a news conference.

U.S. Homeland Security official Claire Grady, left, is welcomed by French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner for a G7 meeting at ministerial level in Paris, Thursday April 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
U.S. Homeland Security official Claire Grady, left, is welcomed by French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner for a G7 meeting at ministerial level in Paris, Thursday April 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Meanwhile, foreign ministers will kick off their two-day meeting in the Atlantic resort of Dinard. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen stayed at home because of domestic duties. Washington sent lower-ranking officials instead.

In addition to the U.S., the G-7 includes France, Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy and the U.K.

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, arrives for a meeting with Italian Interior Minister and Vice Premier Matteo Salvini during the G7 Interior Ministers meeting in Paris Thursday, April 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, Pool)
French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, arrives for a meeting with Italian Interior Minister and Vice Premier Matteo Salvini during the G7 Interior Ministers meeting in Paris Thursday, April 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, Pool)
From left Home Secretary of the United Kingdom Savid Javid, US Deputy Secretary for Homeland Security Claire M. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
From left Home Secretary of the United Kingdom Savid Javid, US Deputy Secretary for Homeland Security Claire M. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner awaits U.S. Homeland Security official Claire Grady for a G7 meeting at ministerial level in Paris, Thursday April 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner awaits U.S. Homeland Security official Claire Grady for a G7 meeting at ministerial level in Paris, Thursday April 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

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