New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address two crucial sessions at G7 Summit on Saturday. His next two sessions will be held post 1:30 PM IST . Notably, this is the second time that PM Modi will participate in a G7 meeting. India was invited by France in its capacity as G7 presidency to the Biarritz summit in 2019 as a ‘Goodwill Partner’ and he participated in the sessions on ‘Climate, Biodiversity and Oceans’ and ‘Digital Transformation’.Also Read - Tokyo Olympics 2020 Opening Ceremony Live Streaming: When And Where to Watch
Last month, the MEA said that PM Modi will not travel to the UK to attend the summit of the G7 grouping in view of the prevailing coronavirus situation in the country. Also Read - Maharashtra Rains: 129 Dead in 48 Hours, Several Trapped After Landslides; Rescue Ops Underway | LIVE Updates
“At the invitation of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the outreach sessions of the G7 summit on June 12 and 13 in virtual format,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said. Also Read - Maharashtra Rain: 2 Dead in Landslide, PM Modi Reviews Situation With CM Uddhav Thackeray | Top Developments
The MEA said that 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.
Last month, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar travelled to London to participate in the G7 foreign ministers’ meeting. However, he could not attend the meeting in person after two members of his delegation tested positive for COVID-19.
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9:02 PM: The UK government said the G7 leaders will commit to using all their resources to prevent a pandemic from ever happening again.
8: 40 PM: According to a Downing Street statement, the leaders of G7 are on Saturday expected to sign the ‘Carbis Bay Declaration’, a landmark global health declaration aimed at preventing future pandemics.
8:30 PM: Notably, this is the first time the G7 leaders are meeting since the start of the pandemic. The summit will cover a range of issues with focus on how the group can lead the global recovery from coronavirus.
8:02 PM: On Friday, UK PM Boris Johnson opened the Summit in Cornwall with a message for the world leaders to “learn lessons” from the pandemic and warned that it is vital not to repeat mistakes of the “the last big economic recession of 2008″ when the recovery was not uniform across all parts of society.
7:50 PM: India has been invited as a guest country at the summit along with South Africa, Australia and South Korea.
The Group of Seven (G7) comprises the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US. As chair of G7, the UK has invited India, Australia, South Korea, South Africa to the summit as Guest countries.