“Another enduring principle is that we need countries to cooperate, now more than ever.”
– Secretary Antony J. Blinken, March 3, 2021
Secretary Blinken will attend the G7 Foreign and Development Minister’s Meeting in London, the United Kingdom, from May 3-5, 2021. The members of the G7 are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, with the European Union present as an observer. As host, the United Kingdom has invited additional countries to join as guests at the meeting, including Australia, India, South Africa, the Republic of Korea, and Brunei in its capacity as Chair of ASEAN.
- Secretary Blinken is attending the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers’ meeting to lay the foundation for the G7 Leaders’ Summit to be held in June. President Biden has announced plans to travel to the United Kingdom in June for the summit, his first overseas travel.
- The Secretary will also meet his UK and G7 counterparts to discuss areas of mutual concern such as COVID-19, economic recovery and growth, the climate crisis, human rights, food security, gender equality, and more.
- This is an opportunity to demonstrate the G7’s leadership based on shared goals and values, a commitment to “building back better” on health and climate, economic recovery, and on international security challenges.
- Secretary Blinken is looking forward to discussing the democratic values that we share with our partners and allies within the G7 and how we can work with other countries to address the key geopolitical issues we are facing together.
- The participation of the United States at this meeting of the G7 reinforces our commitment to multilateralism as the ideal vehicle to address our shared challenges.