PM Modi will not attend G7 Summit in person due to current Covid situation: MEA

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has known as off his go to to the UK subsequent month for an in-person go to to Britain to attend the G-7 summit.

“Whereas appreciating the invitation to the Prime Minister by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to attend the G7 Summit as a particular invitee, given the prevailing covid-19 scenario, it has been determined that the Prime Minister won’t attend the G-7 Summit in particular person,” an announcement from the Indian international ministry mentioned on Tuesday.

India, Australia and South Korea are among the many particular invitees for this 12 months’s G-7 Summit hosted by Johnson in Cornwall. There was hypothesis {that a} assembly of leaders of the Quad nations – ie US president Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Japanese prime minister Yoshihide Suga and Modi would maintain their first in-person meet on the sidelines of the G-7 meet in Cornwall. With Modi calling off his go to, that in-person meet has been dominated out. The 4 leaders had met nearly on 12 March for the first-ever leaders’ summit of Quad nations.

The G-7 meet is the second in-person go to in a row that Modi has declined. He had earlier declined a go to to Porto in Portugal to attend the India-European Union Leaders’ assembly which happened nearly on eight Might.

Modi did go to Dhaka for an in-person go to on 26-27 March for the beginning centenary celebrations of Bangladesh’s freedom icon “Bangabandhu” Sheikh Mujibur Rehman.

Final month, nevertheless, India was caught within the grip of a vicious second wave of covid-19 infections that has resulted in each day deaths mounting to 3000-4000 and each day infections staying above 350,000. The overall variety of instances of covid-19 has crossed 23 million with greater than 250,000 deaths in whole.

Indian international minister S Jaishankar had visited London final week for a G-7 international ministers’ meet the place he had met a lot of his counterparts together with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. However the Indian delegation needed to isolate themselves and Jaishankar needed to attend the G-7 assembly nearly after two members of his delegation reportedly examined constructive for covid-19. Subsequent exams nevertheless confirmed adverse outcomes.

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