UK unites G7 to act against democratic threats
At the first major in-person diplomatic gathering since the start of the pandemic and the first gathering of G7 foreign ministers since 2019, Dominic Raab will lead discussions on pressing geopolitical issues that threaten to undermine democracy, freedoms and rights of man. This includes relations with Russia, China and Iran, as well as the crisis in Myanmar, the violence in Ethiopia and the ongoing war in Syria.
The G7 includes the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the EU. Following the day’s talks, foreign ministers will hold a dinner debate with invited countries, Australia, India, Republic of Korea, South Africa and Brunei as chair current ASEAN.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs will use this evening to outline his vision of cooperation between the G7 and the countries of the Indo-Pacific region to develop stronger trade ties, ensure stability and fight against climate change.
Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said:
The UK Presidency of the G7 is an opportunity to bring together open and democratic societies and show unity at a time when it is more than necessary to address common challenges and growing threats.
The addition of our friends from Australia, India, the Republic of Korea and South Africa, as well as the President of ASEAN, reflects the growing importance of the Indo-Pacific region for the G7.
The morning’s discussions will focus on the coup in Myanmar. The Foreign Minister will urge the G7 countries to take stronger action against the military junta. This includes expanding targeted sanctions against individuals and entities linked to the junta; support for arms embargoes and increased humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable in the country.
Discussions will then focus on the situation in Libya and the ongoing war in Syria. The afternoon session will cover the situation in Ethiopia, as well as Somalia, the Sahel and the Western Balkans. Foreign ministers will also discuss ongoing malicious activities by Russia, including through the reinforcement of troops on the border with Ukraine, and the imprisonment of opposition figure Alexei Navalny and the situation in Belarus.