World leaders meet in Northern Ireland for G8 summit

  • 17 June 2013
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Ricky explains what the G8 summit is...

Leaders from some of the world's most powerful countries are in Northern Ireland for important talks called the G8 summit.

Thousands of police are patrolling the area and the town of Enniskillen has been cordoned off to try to keep trouble away.

Prime Minister David Cameron and US president Barack Obama are both there.

Syria and the world's money problems are thought to some of the main topics leaders will discuss.

The talks are a chance to talk about the biggest issues in the world.

What is the G8?

G8 stands for Group of Eight and is made up of eight of the most powerful countries in the world.

Guide: What is the G8 summit?

The eight countries are: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK and the United States of America.

The leaders of the countries meet every year in a different member country - the meeting is known as the G8 summit.

The country hosting in a particular year is said to have the presidency of the summit.