Indian FM to join G7 virtually after possible Covid exposure

05 Mai, 2021, 15:17 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • Attendees take part in G7 foreign ministers meeting in London Britain

India is not in the G7 group of nations but delegates from the country were invited as guests.

India's entire delegation to the Group of Seven summit in London is self-isolating after two of its members tested positive for Covid-19, the British government said on Wednesday.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken with India's Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar following a bilateral meeting in London on 3 May 2021, during the G7 foreign ministers meeting.

"Was made aware yesterday evening of exposure to possible Covid positive cases", Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said on Twitter.

"As a measure of abundant caution and also out of consideration for others, I chose to conduct my engagements in the virtual mode".

India is not a G7 member but was invited along with South Korea, Australia and South Africa as a guest for the second day of the meeting on Wednesday.

India is now undergoing the world's worst surge in Covid-19 cases, with a highly-infectious variant accelerating the spread.

There are strict coronavirus security measures in place at the Lancaster House summit, which is the first face-to-face meeting of G7 foreign ministers for more than two years.

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The meeting is a precursor to the main G7 summit due to take place at a rural English resort in June, with US President Joe Biden and other world leaders set to attend.

"Two delegates tested positive so the entire delegation is now self-isolating", a British official said.

He met Home Secretary Priti Patel in person on Tuesday, but will now carry out all meetings virtually.

"We deeply regret that Jaishankar will be unable to attend the meeting today in person", a senior United Kingdom diplomat said.

U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said "the U.S. delegation was advised, including by the U.K.'s public health professionals, that our stringent masking, social distancing, and daily testing protocols would permit us to continue with our G7 activities as planned". Both were wearing masks in the photograph.

The Indian High Commission in London did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

India, Australia, South Korea and South Africa have been invited as guests as the United Kingdom tries to deepen ties with the Indo-Pacific region.

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