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UK PM Boris Johnson invites PM Narendra Modi to G7 summit – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has invited PM Narendra Modi to participate in-person for the G7 summit to be held in the Cornwall region from June 11 to 13.

Johnson is expected to visit India ahead of the G7 summit, said a press release by the British High Commission. He cancelled his planned trip to be the chief guest at this year’s Republic Day parade due to a surge in coronavirus cases in Britain.

Boris Johnson says he wants to use Britain’s presidency of the G7 to forge a consensus that the global economy must recover from the Covid-19 crisis in a pro-free trade and sustainable way.

“Coronavirus is doubtless the most destructive force we have seen for generations and the greatest test of the modern world order we have experienced,” he said in a statement. “It is only right that we approach the challenge of building back better by uniting with a spirit of openness to create a better future.”

Terming India as ‘pharmacy of the world’, the UK lauded the efforts regarding the production of coronavirus vaccine and said, “India already supplies more than 50 per cent of the world’s vaccines, and the UK and India have worked closely together throughout the pandemic.”

The seaside resort of Carbis Bay will host the annual G-7 gathering of leaders from the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the European Union starting on June 11.

Apart from India, the UK has also invited leaders from Australia and South Korea amidst talk of expanding the grouping to include the three countries as well.

The summit in June will address shared challenges, from beating coronavirus and tackling climate change, to ensuring that people everywhere can benefit from open trade, technological change and scientific discovery.

Last year’s G7 meeting was cancelled due to the pandemic, meaning the leaders of Britain, Germany, France, the United States, Italy, Japan, the European Union and Canada have not met in person since the 2019 meeting in Biarritz, France.

The Sunday Telegraph newspaper said the British government hoped the event would be the occasion for US President-elect Joe Biden’s first trip to Europe after he becomes president on Jan. 20.

(With agency inputs)

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