G7 foreign ministers, including the UK, Germany, the US, France, Italy, Japan and Canada, gathered for the first face-to-face meeting since the epidemic of new type of coronavirus (Kovid-19).
The foreign ministers of South Korea, India, Australia and South Africa, as well as the Sultanate of Brunei, which currently holds the ASEAN presidency, were invited to the meeting as guests.
The meeting, which is also seen as a preparation for the G7 Heads of State Summit on 11-13 June in the city of Cornwall in southwest England, will last 2 days.
Climate change, nuclear negotiations with Iran, the ongoing war in Syria, the military coup in Myanmar, the Kovid-19 epidemic, Russia and China are expected to be discussed at the meeting.
On the other hand, the visiting foreign ministers also held bilateral meetings with each other before the meeting.
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British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, who hosted the meeting, spoke yesterday with his US counterpart, Antony Blinken.
Raab told a press conference after the meeting that London and Washington were “side by side” on a number of issues.
Blinken also said that the United States “is not a close ally or a close partner of Britain”.
Emphasizing that the United States wants a more stable relationship with Russia, but that it depends on the behavior of the Kremlin, Blinken said: “President (Joe) Biden has been very clear about this for a long time. If Russia chooses to act recklessly or aggressively, we will respond, but we are not trying to make the situation worse. We prefer a stable and more predictable relationship. If Russia goes in that direction, we will do the same. “the evaluation found. .
On the Chinese question, Blinken noted that the West has not tried to “limit” or “suppress” Beijing.