PM Modi hopes to virtually join the G7 summit in UK | India News
LONDON: Narendra modi He is expected to join the UK-hosted G7 summit in Cornwall virtually next month, the British government said on Thursday after India Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the prime minister will not attend the meeting in person.
Modi was invited by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as India is one of three nations invited to the June 11-13 summit, along with Australia and South Korea, as part of Britain’s meeting. Indo-Pacific foreign policy approach.
The invited leaders would be invited to participate in selected sessions of the meeting of the Group of Seven, chaired by the United Kingdom and made up of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States and the European Union (I).
“We are of course disappointed that Prime Minister Modi is unable to attend the G7 in person due to national coronavirus priorities, but we look forward to welcoming him to the summit virtually,” said a UK government spokesman.
“We will continue to work closely with India in the lead-up to and during the summit on our shared goals for the future,” the spokesperson said.
Officials in Britain have indicated that they do not expect the change in travel plans to detract from any of the discussions planned at the meeting.
On Tuesday, the Foreign Office confirmed that the Covid-19 situation in the country had led to Prime Minister Modi canceling his plans to travel to the UK.
“While we appreciate the invitation to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to attend the G7 summit as a special guest, given the current Covid-19 situation, it has been decided that the prime minister will not attend the G summit. -7 in person ”, a ME said the official spokesman in New Delhi.
The move follows the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers Meeting held in London last week, where Foreign Minister S Jaishankar participated as the guest of UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.
Most of their meetings took on a virtual form after members of the Indian delegation tested positive for Covid-19. The minister later tweeted to indicate that it had been a “false alarm.”
“It is good to be back home, we have all tested negative for Covid. These are difficult times and false alarms occur. Thank those who sent your good wishes, ”said Jaishankar last week on his return to Delhi from London.