This year, the United Kingdom has invited India as a guest to the G7 meeting. The spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Arindam Bagchi, said that in addition to India, several other countries like South Korea, Australia, South Africa, etc. will be taking part in the G7 meeting. On Tuesday, March 30, the Indian civil servant who has undertaken the preparatory work of the G7 and G20 meetings, Suresh Prabhu, had been a part of a meeting that included the Sherpas of the G7 (Group of 7) and the guest countries.
The intergovernmental organization, G7, includes the United Kingdom (UK), Italy, France, Germany, Japan, Canada, and the United States. In the United Kingdom’s G7 Presidency, some of the most important issues like the COP26 Summit and global health cooperation were discussed.
The spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry uploaded a tweet on his official Twitter handle. He tweeted, “Second meeting of the Sherpas of #G7 & Guest countries held today. Shri Suresh Prabhu, India's #G7 Sherpa, attended the meeting. Key priority issues under UK`s #G7 Presidency agenda discussed, including preparations for the COP26 Summit and global health cooperation." He then further confirmed, “India has been invited as a guest country of the #G7 by the UK this year, along with Australia, South Korea, and South Africa."
In January, an invitation was extended from the UK to Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a guest for the G7 meeting, which is expected to be held from June 11 (Friday) to June 14 (Monday) this year, in Cornwall. Suresh Prabhu also took to his official
Twitter handle that the roadmap of the COP26 under the UK Presidency was discussed. He released a statement too, in which he confirmed, “We also discussed the roadmap of the upcoming COP26 under the presidency of United Kingdom and focussed on the important challenge of climate change that is being faced by the world today."