PM Modi will not travel to UK for G7 summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not travel to the UK to participate in the G7 summit next month, given the massive surge in Covid-19 cases in India. This will be the second multilateral event that Modi has had to give up in a month.

"While appreciating the invitation to the prime minister by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to attend the G7 summit as a special invitee, given the prevailing Covid-19 situation, it has been decided that the prime minister will not attend the G7 summit in person,” the MEA spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Modi will say his bit in a virtual address, but will miss out on the most important in-person international meeting. This comes after foreign minister S Jaishankar’s recent visit to London for the G7 ministers’ meeting was clouded by the suggestion that two of his team members had tested positive for Covid-19.

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