Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 17
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has invited PM Narendra Modi to participate in the first in-person G7 summit in almost two years to be held in the Cornwall region from June 11 to 13.
Slated for June 11
- The first in-person G7 summit in almost two years will be held in the Cornwall region from June 11 to 13
- Besides India, the UK has also invited leaders from Australia and South Korea amid talk of expanding the grouping
Johnson also plans to visit India before the summit after having to cancel his attendance at the Republic Day Parade due to a surge in the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK.
This year, the UK has also invited leaders from Australia and South Korea amid talk of expanding the grouping. The issue of G-7 expansion has been expressed in various variants and India and Australia are among the two countries that have been mentioned in all of them.
The attendance of India, Australia and South Korea will deepen the expertise and experience around the table and assist Johnson’s ambition to use the G-7 to intensify cooperation between the world’s democratic and technologically advanced nations. Between them, the 10 leaders represent over 60 per cent of the people living in democracies around the world, noted a UK High Commission statement here.
Billed as a conclave of world’s leading democracies, the invitation to India, Australia and South Korea is “testament to the UK’s commitment to ensuring multilateral institutions better reflect today’s world”.
The UK was the first P5 member to support a permanent UNSC seat for India and the first G7 member to invite India to a G7 Summit in 2005, added the statement.