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UK invites India as guest nation to first in-person G7 meeting of foreign ministers in two years

  The United Kingdom has invited India to the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers' meeting in London next month. This is the first in-person meeting of the group in around two years.

(News Agencies)-India has been invited to join parts of the first in-person G7 Foreign and Development Ministers' meeting in UK, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) said on Tuesday. External affairs minister Dr. S. Jaishankar is likely to represent India at the meeting.
This is the first in-person G7 meeting of foreign ministers in two years to be held in London.
"The Foreign Secretary has also invited India, Australia, the Republic of Korea, South Africa, and the Chair and Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), to join parts of this year's G7 Foreign and Development Ministers' meeting as guests," the FCDO said.
"Their attendance will bring broader experience and geographic representation, and demonstrate the importance of the Indo-Pacific region," it further added.UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab announced on Tuesday that the meeting is scheduled to happen in London in a Covid-secure way between May 3 and May 5.It will be held in central London and strict Covid-19 control measures like daily testing and social distancing will be followed to ensure the wellbeing of all staff, attendees, and the public.The G7 which is made up of the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the US, and the EU is the only forum where the world's most advanced economies are invited to hold high-level meetings. This year, the UK Foreign Secretary has also invited India, Australia, the Republic of Korea, South Africa, and the Chair and Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), to join parts of this year's G7 Foreign and Development Ministers' meeting as guests."The meeting is a crucial opportunity to revitalize in-person diplomacy and will look to establish a shared approach among the world's leading democracies on equitable vaccine access, to agree global girls' education targets, rigorous goals on climate finance and new measures to prevent famine and food insecurity," said the G7 UK website.
The last G7 Foreign Ministers meeting took place in April 2019 in Biarritz, France and focused on fighting gender inequality and protecting biodiversity.

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