UK to host G7 foreign and development ministers on Dec. 10-12

A delegate grabs a flag to prevent it from being blown over by the wind outside of the G7 Finance Ministers summit in Whistler
FILE PHOTO: A delegate grabs a flag to prevent it from being blown over by the wind outside of the G7 Finance Ministers summit in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, May 31, 2018. REUTERS/Ben Nelms

November 22, 2021

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will host foreign and development ministers from the G7 group of industrialised nations and from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at a summit in Liverpool from Dec. 10 to Dec. 12, it said on Monday.

The summit will address issues including economic resilience post-COVID-19, global health and human rights, Britain’s Foreign Office said in a statement.

Among the ministers due to attend are those from Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, it said, adding that it was the first inclusion of ASEAN countries at a G7 foreign ministers’ summit and this reflected “the UK’s growing Indo-Pacific tilt”.

Britain holds the rotating presidency of the G7 in 2021 and has already hosted the COP climate summit in Glasgow this month and the G7 leaders’ summit in Carbis Bay in June.

(Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; editing by David Evans)