The UK, currently holding the G7 presidency, hopes to use the meeting to restore the West’s global influence and discuss issues such as post-pandemic economic recovery, climate change mitigation and relations with China and Russia.
The meeting of foreign ministers should pave the way for US President Joe Biden’s first foreign visit in June, when the new White House host will arrive at the G7 summit in Britain.
Ministers from Australia, India, South Africa and South Korea will also be invited to this week’s conference, which will be attended by ministers from the United States, France, Italy, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany.
The conference will begin with dinner on Monday night.
Before that, Rab will meet with Blinken to discuss the common goals of the two countries. London hopes to use Biden’s desire to return to international efforts to combat climate change and renew the nuclear deal with Iran, from which the United States withdrew under former President Donald Trump.
Mr Rab said on Sunday that the G7 would also consider a proposal to set up a rapid reaction mechanism to counter the disinformation spread by Russia, as well as advocate for an open market and democracy, which is threatened by China.
“In all these areas, we want to be absolutely firm, standing shoulder to shoulder not only with the Americans, no matter how important they are, but also with the wider circle of our allies. That is why the G7 is so important,” Rabs said.
Rab is also expected to discuss trade talks with Britain and the United States with Blinken, which, according to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson, offers London one of the biggest opportunities after leaving the European Union (EU).
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