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.