Jaishankar will join G7 ministers to agree on actions against threats to democracy | India News
LONDON: Minister of Foreign Affairs S Jaishankar will have its first interaction with G7 leaders in London on Tuesday night, when it joins the foreign ministers of some of the world’s leading democracies in agreeing decisive action on the most critical global issues, such as threats to democracy.
At the first major in-person diplomatic meeting since the coronavirus pandemic began and the first meeting of G7 Foreign Ministers since 2019, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will lead discussions on pressing geopolitical issues that threaten with undermining democracy, freedoms and human rights.
This includes relations with Russia, China and Iran, as well as the crisis in Myanmar, the violence in Ethiopia and the ongoing war in Syria.
At the end of a set of one-day sessions at Lancaster House in London in which foreign ministers from the G7 countries participated: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the US, the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU): the ministers of the invited countries India, Australia, the Republic of Korea and South Africa and the President of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) The Meeting of Foreign Ministers will join the discussions at a working dinner for the first time, as the focus shifts to Indo-Pacific region.
“The G7 chairmanship in the UK is an opportunity to unite open and democratic societies and demonstrate unity at a time when there is a great need to address shared challenges and growing threats,” Raab said.
“The addition of our friends from Australia, India, the Republic of Korea and South Africa, as well as the ASEAN president, reflects the growing importance of the Indo-Pacific region to the G7,” he said.
Abroad, Development and Commonwealth Office (FCDO) said the UK, as the host nation, will use the working dinner to outline the British vision for cooperation between the G7 and the nations of the Indo-Pacific region to develop stronger trade ties, ensure stability and address climate change.
Jaishankar, who arrived in London on Monday, is scheduled for a bilateral meeting with Raab on Thursday at Chevening in Kent, about 50 kilometers from London. Discussions by the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers on Tuesday will cover the coup in Myanmar as attendees watch a video of the Government of National Unity that will update you on the situation on the ground. Raab will urge the G7 nations to take stronger action against the military junta.
This includes expanding selective sanctions against people and entities linked to the board; support for arms embargoes and increased humanitarian assistance for the country’s most vulnerable.
Then the discussions will focus on the situation in Libya and the ongoing war in Syria.
The afternoon session will cover the situation in Ethiopia, as well as in Somalia, the Sahel and the Western Balkans.
The foreign ministers will also discuss Russia’s current “evil activity”, including through the concentration of troops on the border with Ukraine and the imprisonment of an opposition figure. Alexei Navalny and the situation in Belarus.