G-7 chair France invites India to summit

India has been invited to the G7 summit at Biarritz, France this year, said French ambassador Alexander Ziegler to journalists. France, which is the chair of the G-7 grouping has invited India to the summit scheduled for August 24-26, where discussions will be focused on combating inequality. The group consists of the US, the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Italy.

“Fighting terrorism in cyberspace will be one of the priorities of our G7 presidency. Today, I would like to confirm that India is officially invited to the August summit in France and for the preparatory meetings,” Ziegler said.

This is not the first time India will be present at this exclusive club. In 2005, Tony Blair had invited then PM Manmohan Singh to the Gleneagles G8 summit.

Then, as now, India is being recognised for its growing economy and global footprint. The G7 is actually an informal grouping whose summits typically focus on large issues of global economy and governance.

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