India to agree against threats to democracy
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will have his first interaction with the G7 leaders in London on 4 May 2021 evening, when he joins foreign ministers from some of the world's leading democracies to agree on decisive action on the most critical global issues such as threats to democracy. In the first major in-person diplomatic gathering since the coronavirus pandemic began and the first gathering of G7 Foreign Ministers since 2019, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will lead discussions on pressing geopolitical issues that threaten to undermine democracy, freedoms and human rights.
- This includes relations with Russia, China, and Iran as well as the crisis in Myanmar, the violence in Ethiopia and the ongoing war in Syria.
- At the end of a daylong set of sessions at Lancaster House in London involving foreign ministers from the G7 countries–Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, US, UK and the European Union (EU)–ministers from guest countries India, Australia, the Republic of Korea and South Africa and the Chair of the Association of SouthEast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers' Meeting will join the discussions at a working dinner for the first time as the focus shifts to the Indo-Pacific region.
- 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.
- The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) said the UK, as the host nation, will use the working dinner to outline Britain's vision for cooperation between the G7 and the nations of the Indo-Pacific region to develop stronger trade ties, ensure stability and tackle climate change.
- The foreign ministers will also discuss Russia's ongoing "malign activity", including through the build-up of troops on the border with Ukraine and its imprisonment of opposition figure Alexei Navalny and the situation in Belarus.