G7 foreign ministers call for solidarity to tackle global threats
G7 foreign ministers meet in London for their first face-to-face talks in more than two years on Tuesday, with calls for urgent joined-up action to tackle the most pressing global threats.
China, Myanmar, Libya, Syria and Russia are all on the formal agenda as the ministers from the club of wealthy democracies prepare for a leaders’ meeting in Cornwall, southwest England, next month.
They will also discuss violence in Ethiopia, Iran and North Korea, Somalia, the Sahel and western Balkans, as part of what London said were “pressing geopolitical issues that threaten to undermine democracy, freedoms and human rights”.
Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab met his US counterpart Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday with both pushing a firm line on the need for a more unified approach.
“The UK’s presidency of the G7 is an opportunity to bring together open, democratic societies and demonstrate unity at a time when it is much needed to tackle shared challenges and rising threats,” Raab said in a statement.
Blinken hammered home the need for a common stance, as he reaffirmed US commitment to the “international rules-based order” to tackle issues from climate change to post-pandemic recovery.
Ministers are meeting under strict coronavirus protocols, with stripped-back delegations and social distancing, including face-masks and perspex screens between speakers.
Britain, which has seen more than 127,500 deaths in the outbreak, is gradually easing virus restrictions as vaccinations increase and cases fall, even as other countries such as India and Brazil endure fresh spikes.
That has prompted calls for more concerted international action, including widespread access to vaccines.
Blinken told a joint news conference with Raab on Monday evening: “Most of the challenges that we face… not a single one of those challenges can be effectively met by any one country acting alone — even the United States, even the United Kingdom…..read more