CM – S Jaishankar will practically attend the G7 summit after possible exposure to Covid

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S Jaishankar met US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in person on Monday wearing both masks

Secretary of State Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, who was in the UK for G7 meetings, said on Wednesday that he would hold his talks virtually after addressing possible coronavirus – The Foreign Ministers of Great Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States conclude three days of talks in London before a G7 summit next month in Cornwall, southern England. Heads of State and Government takes place.

India does not belong to the group of the seven wealthy democracies, but was invited to the talks of Great Britain, which will hold the rotating presidency of the group in 2021.

« Out of caution and out of consideration for others I decided to do my engagements in virtual mode. This will also be the case today at the G7 meeting. « 

A senior British diplomat In a statement, « we deeply regret the absence of S Jaishankar for the personal meeting on Wednesday ».

« But that is exactly why we have implemented strict Covid protocols and daily testing. »

S met Jaishankar US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in person with both masks on Monday evening on the sidelines of the Secretary of State Summit.

The US State Department said it had also been advised by health professionals in the UK that its health protocols « would enable us to do ours To continue G7 activities as planned « .

 » We have no reason to believe that any of our delegations are at risk. We will continue to follow the instructions of health professionals and adhere to the same strict Covid-19 protocols, « said spokesman Ned Price.

India, the second most populous nation in the world, has been hit by a devastating wave of infections in recent weeks, which has brought the total number of cases to over 2.06 million.

The massive surge that has hit major cities such as the state capital Delhi and the financial center of Mumbai has brought the health system to a breaking point, overwhelming hospitals and making it a strong one Shortages of beds, oxygen and other critical medical supplies led.

India reported more than 3.82,000 new infections and 3,780 deaths on Wednesday – the highest number of deaths in the pandemic to date.

The G7 should discuss coronavirus vaccines on Wednesday as pressure increased on the group to increase inventory and expertise with poor nations share.

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