Foreign Ministers Discuss “Increasing Threats” to Democracy

At its first meeting since 2019, the G7 Foreign Minister is discussing geopolitical threats to “democracy, freedom and human rights” in London on Tuesday.

“This includes relations with Russia, China and Iran, the crisis in Myanmar, the violence in Ethiopia and the ongoing war in Syria,” said the British Foreign Ministry. statement..

Burma, also known as Myanmar, has been dominated by the military since the coup d’etat on February 1st, since private leader Aung San Suu Kyi was detained in an early morning raid.

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Foreign Minister Dominic Raab will speak at the G7 Foreign Ministers and Development Ministers’ Meeting held at Lancaster House in London on May 4, 2021. (PA)

Britain’s Foreign Ministry urges G7 countries to “take stronger action against the junta” and increase humanitarian aid, including sanctions, arms embargo, by Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, who hosts the summit. He said that was expected.

Other discussions include Libya, Syria, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sahel, the Western Balkans, and Russia’s “strengthening troops at the border with Ukraine, the situation of opponents Alexei Navalny and Belarus.”

Foreign ministers of G7 countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the European Union will hold dinner talks with guest countries Australia, India, South Korea and the South. Brunei as the current chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Africa.

Rab said: “The G7 Presidency of the United Kingdom is an opportunity to bring together an open democratic society and show unity when we need to tackle common challenges and growing threats.

“The addition of friends from Australia, India, South Korea and South Africa, and the chair of ASEAN, reflects the growing importance of the Indo-Pacific region to the G7,” he added.

Rab met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday.

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British Secretary of State Dominic Raab (L) will meet with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken for a bilateral meeting at Carlton Gardens in London on May 3, 2021.

“The discussion includes a common UK and US commitment to an open society, a strengthened multilateral system, COVAX facilities and a better recovery effort from COVID-19, including UK and US FTAs, and Continuing maliciousness and unstable behavior in Russia, “said the UK Foreign Ministry. statement..

“The Foreign Minister has outlined Britain’s priorities in the Indo-Pacific, including the need to retain China to explain Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Hong Kong. They are also on the latest developments in Afghanistan, Iran and Ethiopia. We talked about it. “

At a press conference after the meeting, Mr. Blinken said Mr. Blinken and he saw “eyes and eyes” about the need to bind Beijing to pledges, including the Soviet-Japanese Joint Declaration. If that is possible, work with China in a wise and positive way. “