The G7 Summit will take place from June 11 to 13 in Cornwall in England.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson invited Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently to the G7 summit. The proposed summit will be the first in-person G7 Summit in almost two years. It will take place from June 11 to 13 in the coastal region of Cornwall. Johnson had extended the invitation to Modi last year during a phone call and made the invitation formal on Sunday. Besides India, South Korea and Australia have also received invitations as guest counties at the multilateral summit.
As we have reported earlier, Johnson canceled his visit to India as the Chief Guest for the Republic Day celebrations on January 26, citing concerns over the new strain of Covid-19 as a reason.
While making the invitation formal, Johnson said: “As the most prominent grouping of democratic countries, the G7 has long been the catalyst for decisive international action to tackle the greatest challenges we face. From canceling developing world debt to our universal condemnation of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the world has looked to the G7 to apply our shared values and diplomatic might to create a more open and prosperous planet.”
Modi attended the G-7 summit in France in August 2019, and was also invited for the 2020 summit hosted by the United States, which got canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This time it will be Modi’s second G-7 summit. Johnson called the coronavirus “doubtless the most destructive force we have seen for generations and the greatest test of the modern world order we have experienced,” and appealed that “we approach the challenge of building back better by uniting with a spirit of openness to create a better future.”
The G7 or Group of Seven, constituted by the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States, is intended as an open forum where influential and open societies come together for discussions.