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Britain is focusing on geopolitical issues at the G7 foreign ministers' meeting


The G7 foreign and development ministers traveled to London this week to attend their first in-person meeting in more than two years since the coronavirus outbreak began. British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab led discussions that sought to set ambitious goals on climate finance and girls' education, as well as a coordinated approach to promoting global health, and new measures to prevent famine, according to a statement from the British Embassy in Cairo today.


The United Kingdom and the United States

The statement said that Britain is aware of the importance of building new partnerships with like-minded countries. The British Foreign Secretary, in addition to the G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union), have invited Australia, India, the Republic of Korea, and South Africa, and for the first time the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), to join parts of this year's G7 foreign and development ministers meeting as guests.


The meetings focused on pressing geopolitical issues that threaten to undermine democracy, freedoms and human rights. These meetings include agreeing on new measures to support freedom of the media, tackling disinformation, enhancing coordination on freedom of religion or belief, and penalties and arbitrary detention.


Discussions also covered relations with Russia, including the build-up of forces on the border with Ukraine, and the imprisonment of opposition Alexei Navalny. They also discussed the situation in Belarus, China, Iran, and the crisis in Myanmar.


UK and Italy

"This week's G7 meeting shows a global Britain as it brings the world's largest democracies together to face common challenges," said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. Indian and Pacific G7. "


The discussion also touched on the situation in Libya, the ongoing war in Syria, the situation in Ethiopia, as well as Somalia, the Sahel, and the Western Balkans.


Other UK priorities during the meetings included pushing for bolder national commitments and action plans to reverse biodiversity loss by 2030 and to reach net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050; As well as a strong and collective commitment to equal access to vaccination and international cooperation in treatment and diagnosis.


As well as focusing G7 efforts on gender equality, including educating girls, ending violence against women and girls, empowering women to be more politically active and in peace processes, mobilizing resources for life-saving humanitarian support in countries most at risk and pushing humanitarian action to avoid food crises in the country. the future.


Britain and Japan

Throughout the week, the Secretary of State hosted bilateral meetings with both the G7 foreign ministers and invited guests. On Monday, he met US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in London for talks on issues including trade, China, Afghanistan and Iran.


In comments welcoming the United States' commitment to the NATO alliance, Secretary of State Raab said: "Only by working together abroad can we keep our citizens safe at home. This is true in NATO, and I think it applies to Corona and the various measures that we are taking to extend and expand the Kovacs initiative." We look forward to President Biden's visit to the United Kingdom in June, "he said.


Foreign Minister Raab also hosted Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi to deepen trade and security cooperation and agree on a common approach on the security of the Indo-Pacific region. The two foreign ministers discussed the UK’s application to join the Comprehensive and Advance Pacific Association Agreement (CPTPP).


Other bilateral meetings included meetings with Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, where Raab agreed to work closely with each country on the goals of the COP26 Global Climate Conference, international climate financing and G7 priorities. Raab also met with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and discussed raising climate ambitions for the COP26 climate change conference in November, which is being hosted by the United Kingdom in partnership with Italy.


In addition, the ministers discussed the importance of the international coalition against ISIS in addressing the threat of terrorism from North Africa and the Sahel region and the ongoing UN talks to resolve the Cyprus issue.

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