New, June 11: Following the special G7 invitation of the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to attend the outreach session of the 47 th G7 summit virtually on June 12 and June 13. The meetings will be held in hybrid mode, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said during the media briefing.
While briefing the media about it he said, "In accordance with the G7 invitation of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in outreach sessions on June 12 &13, virtually."
United Kingdom is currently holding the presidency of the G7, has invited India, along with Australia, the Republic of Korea, and South Africa, as guest countries for the G7 Summit.
The theme for the summit is ‘Build Back Better’ and the UK has outlined four priority areas for its presidency. These are leading the global recovery from coronavirus while strengthening resilience against future pandemics; promoting future prosperity by championing free and fair trade; tackling climate change and preserving the planet’s biodiversity; and championing shared values and open societies.
The leaders are expected to exchange views on the way forward for the world amid the pandemic, with a focus on health and climate change. The proposal to expand the 47th G7 summit aimed at countering the expansionist attitude of China and channeling investments into other telecommunication companies within the 10 members seeking an alternative supplier for 5G equipment.
It should be noted that PM Modi was originally scheduled to visit the UK in person, however, PM Modi called off his visit last month, in view of the COVID-19 situation in India.
This is the second time PM will be participating in the G7 summit. Earlier, India had participated in G7 in 2019 after receiving the invitation from G7 French Presidency.