PM Narenda Modi expected to join G7 summit in UK virtually

Narendra Modi is expected to join the UK-hosted G7 summit in Cornwall subsequent month virtually, the British authorities mentioned on Thursday after India’s Ministry of External Affairs introduced that the prime minister wouldn’t be attending the meeting in particular person.

Modi was invited by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as India is considered one of three visitor nations to the June 11-13 summit, alongside Australia and South Korea, as a part of Britain’s Indo-Pacific overseas coverage focus.

The visitor leaders can be invited to participate in sure classes of the Group of Seven meeting, presided by the UK and made up of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, US, and the European Union (EU).

“We are of course disappointed that Prime Minister Modi will not be able to attend the G7 in person because of domestic coronavirus priorities, but we look forward to welcoming him to the summit virtually,” a UK authorities spokesperson mentioned.

“We will continue to work closely with India in the run up to and during the summit on our shared goals for the future,” the spokesperson mentioned.

Officials in Britain have indicated that they don’t anticipate the change of journey plans to detract from any of the deliberate discussions on the meeting.

On Tuesday, the Ministry of External Affairs confirmed that the COVID-19 scenario in the nation had led to Prime Minister Modi cancelling plans to journey to the UK.

“While appreciating the invitation to the Prime Minister by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to attend the G7 summit as a special invitee, given the prevailing Covid-19 situation, it has been decided that the Prime Minister will not attend the G-7 Summit in person,” an MEA official spokesperson mentioned in New Delhi.

The transfer follows the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers Meeting held in London final week, the place Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar participated as a visitor of UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

Most of his conferences took on a digital type after members of the Indian delegation examined constructive for Covid-19. The minister later tweeted to point out that it had been a “false alarm”.

“Good to be back home, all of us having tested negative for Covid. These are difficult times and false alarms do happen. Thank those who sent their good wishes,” Jaishankar mentioned final week on his return to Delhi from London.

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