LONDON, England: Foreign ministers from the G7 Group of Seven, made up of wealthy industrialized nations, gathered this week for their first face-to-face meeting since before the Covid lockdown.
Meeting in London, their agenda called for discussing general issues pertaining to health, prosperity and democracy.
In a prelude to the meeting, Britain had repeatedly said that the aggressive behaviors of Russia, China and Iran constitute a challenge to democratic societies and the international rule of law.
Britain is scheduled to accept the presidency of the G7 nations this year. U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called this "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."
Foreign ministers present, represented the U.K., United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.
Other topics the foreign ministers focused on included the coup in Myanmar, the Tigray crisis in Ethiopia and the situation in Afghanistan, where U.S. troops and their NATO allies are withdrawing, following a two-decade deployment.
To prevent the spread of the Covid infection during the meeting, officials sat with plastic screens between participants. Also, on-site coronavirus tests will be available.
Besides the G7 nations, the British government invited the foreign ministers of Australia, India, South Korea and South Africa to join parts of the meeting, and participate in a dinner in central London.
The guest list was meant to promote the G7's support for democracies, along with the U.K. government seeking renewed ties with Asia, following Britain's departure from the European Union.
The two-day meeting which began on Tuesday, concluded on Wednesday following which a communique was issued..
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to host G7 leaders at a summit in Cornwall, England, in June.