UK News ‘Shared challenges and rising threats on agenda at G7 foreign ministers meeting’
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A G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting is taking place in London, ahead of the G7 Leaders' Summit set to take place in Cornwall in JuneLeaders from some of the world’s most influential countries will head to the coastal region to discuss major global issues.
Dominic Raab is set to discuss “shared challenges and rising threats” with his G7 counterparts during face-to-face talks as the UK hosts the first foreign ministers meeting for more than two years.
The Foreign Secretary will lead discussions on relations with Russia, China and Iran on Tuesday, as well as the crisis in Myanmar, violence in Ethiopia and Syria, according to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
It comes after Mr Raab held talks with US secretary of state Antony Blinken in London on Monday, with discussions set to continue with Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday.
PM meets US Secretary of State in attempt to build ties with Biden administration
Boris Johnson has met the US Secretary of State in an attempt to build ties with the new Biden administration - as G7 foreign ministers met ahead of June's summit.The prime minister hosted Antony Blinken in Downing Street as the United States and the UK forge a fresh relationship following Donald Trump's term and as the UK tries to create new trade ties after Brexit.
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As the two countries forge a fresh relationship following the departure of Donald Trump from the White House, Mr Blinken said the US has “no closer ally, no closer partner” than the UK.
Nations including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the EU will join the UK for talks throughout the day on Tuesday, while the foreign ministers will attend a dinner discussion with the guest nations that evening.
Discussions are set to cover the coup in Myanmar, when Mr Raab will urge his counterparts to take stronger action against the military junta, before turning to the situation in Libya and the ongoing war in Syria.
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© Jonathan Buckmaster, AP The British Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Dominic Raab, at the center left, with the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, at Center on the right, as part of the G7 in London, Monday, May 3, 2021. The Foreign Ministers of the G7 are found on Tuesday in London for their first meeting in person for more than two years, in order to work on Joint responses to global threats. Take steps to protect democracies.
Mr Raab will use Tuesday evening to outline a vision of cooperation between the G7 and Indo-Pacific nations to develop stronger trade ties, ensure stability and tackle climate change, according to the FCDO.
Ahead of the talks, he said: “The UK’s presidency of the G7 is an opportunity to bring together open, democratic societies and demonstrate unity at a time when it is much needed to tackle shared challenges and rising threats.
“The addition of our friends from Australia, India, the Republic of Korea and South Africa, as well as the chair of Asean reflects the growing significance of the Indo Pacific region for the G7.”
G7 ministers will invest 15 billion US dollars (£10.9 billion) in development finance over the next two years to help women in developing countries access jobs, build resilient businesses and recover from the impacts of Covid-19.
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They are also expected to sign up to new targets to get 40 million more girls into school, and 20 million more girls reading by the age of 10 in poorer nations by 2026, the FCDO said.
But the commitments come as Mr Raab faces sustained criticism for cuts to foreign aid, from 0.7% of national income to 0.5%, citing the financial impact of the pandemic.
The Foreign Secretary told the joint UK-US press conference that aid cuts had been a “difficult decision” but that the UK still has scope “to be an even greater force for good in the world”.
Elsewhere, Mr Raab held face-to-face talks at Chevening House in Kent on Monday with Japan’s minister of foreign affairs Toshimitsu Motegi, where they spoke of trade, security co-operation and climate change.
Australia, India, Japan, South Korea and South Africa have been invited as guests as the UK tries to deepen ties with the Indo-Pacific region.
Regular testing, size limits and other measures have been pledged to prevent the spread of Covid-19 during the discussions.
Cutting aid budget ‘very difficult’ but necessary – Raab .
Unicef warned the move would have serious ‘consequences for children’.Dominic Raab told Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday the need to reduce the budget and find savings was because of the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the economy.