The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has invited his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for the G7 summit, which will be held in Britain’s coastal region of Cornwall between June 11 and 13. G7 includes the world’s seven leading economies — UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, USA and the European Union — and they will discuss global issues such as the coronavirus pandemic, open trade, and global warming.
According to a statement issued by the British government, besides India, Australia and South Korea have also been invited as guest countries. “The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will use the first in-person G7 summit in almost two years to ask leaders, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to seize the opportunity to build up from the coronavirus pandemic, to unite to make the future fairer, greener, and more prosperous,” the statement said. The three countries have been invited to the summit as guests to “deepen the expertise around the table”.
Modi had attended the G7 summit in Biarritz, France in 2019. He was also invited to the summit that was hosted by the United States in 2020. However, the latter summit did not materialise due to the pandemic. Modi’s invitation to the G7 summit in the UK comes almost a fortnight after the British Prime Minister had called up to express his regret that he would not be able to visit India as the chief guest for the Republic Day celebrations due to the pandemic. However, according to a press statement, Boris is likely to visit India “ahead of the G7”.