PM Modi to virtually attend G7 Summit on June 12-13 as a guest

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the Outreach Sessions of the G7 Summit to be held in the UK on June 12 and 13 through virtual format.

Holding the Presidency of the G7, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson invited India along with Australia, the Republic of Korea and South Africa, as guest countries for the G7 Summit. However, Prime Minister Modi had to cancel his in-person visit to the United Kingdom due to the prevailing Covid-19 situation.

This would be the second time the prime minister will be participating in a G7 meeting.

This is the second in-person visit that Prime Minister Modi has cancelled in a row. The last meeting he declined was his visit to Porto in Portugal to attend the India-European Union Leaders’ meeting, which took place virtually on May 8.

In 2019, the French President had invited India to the Biarritz Summit as a ‘Goodwill Partner’ and PM Modi had participated in the Sessions on ‘Climate, Biodiversity and Oceans’ and ‘Digital Transformation’, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said during the weekly press briefing.

This year, the Summit’s theme is ‘Build Back Better’ and the UK has outlined four priority areas for its presidency.

“These are leading the global recovery from coronavirus while strengthening resilience against future pandemics; promoting future prosperity by championing free and fair trade; tackling climate change and preserving the planet’s biodiversity; and championing shared values and open societies,” he said.

The leaders are expected to exchange views on the way forward on global recovery from the pandemic with a focus on health and climate change.