The Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) of the world’s most developed nations are gathering in London for their first in-person meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
“This week the UK hosts the first in-person meeting of #G7 Foreign Ministers in over two years. With daily testing and careful safeguards in place, we are conducting diplomatic business together in Covid secure conditions #G7UK,” UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a tweet.
The event will start with talks between Raab and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Britain, which holds the G7 rotating presidency, has billed the event as a chance to reassert to influence of the West and deal with growing tensions with Russia and China.
The ministers from Australia, India, South Africa, and South Korea will also join the meeting as they were invited by the G7 members– Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States, Britain.
The ministers will also lay the groundwork for US President Joe Biden’s first scheduled trip abroad since he took his office.