New Delhi: The United Kingdom (UK) has invited PM Narendra Modi to attend the G7 summit, scheduled to be held in the country’s Cornwall region in June. Besides India, Australia and South Korea have also been invited to the summit, where global issues like COVID-19 pandemic and climate change are expected to be discussed. Also Read - 100 Days Or 100 Months: Congress Will Continue To Fight Till Farm Laws Are Rolled Back, Says Priyanka Gandhi
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Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also likely to visit India ‘ahead of the G7’ summit. Earlier this month, Johnson, who was invited as the chief guest for the Republic Day parade, had to cancel his visit to India due to the detection of a new coronavirus strain in Britain. Also Read - After PM Modi's Brigade Rally, BKU Leader Rakesh Tikait To Speak with Bengal Farmers on March 13
“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 back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener and more prosperous,” a press statement read.
It stated that the invitation to India, Australia and South Korea is also “a testament to the UK’s commitment to ensuring multilateral institutions better reflect today’s world.
Johnson, in the statement, asserted that the G7 has long been the catalyst for decisive international action ‘to tackle the greatest challenges we face’.
“From cancelling 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,” he added.
Furthermore, the UK PM said, “Coronavirus is doubtless the most destructive force we have seen for generations and the greatest test of the modern world order we have experienced. 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.”