UK welcomes G7 Foreign Minister and Development Minister on December 10-12

– The UK will host a summit of Foreign Ministers and Development Ministers from the Group of Seven Developed Countries (G7) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Liverpool next month.

The summit will be held from December 10th to December 12th, addressing issues such as economic resilience, global health and human rights after COVID-19, according to the UK Ministry of Foreign Affairs on November 22nd. Is aimed at.

This will be the second G7 Foreign Ministers’ meeting this year, following the May meeting in London. Attendance is based on the May meeting with representatives from Australia, India, South Korea and South Africa.

Foreign Ministers from Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia are expected to attend, and ASEAN countries participated in the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Summit for the first time as a demonstration of “Britain’s expanding Indo-Pacific inclination”.

The United Kingdom replaced the G7 in 2021 and hosted the Conference of the Parties (COP) Climate Summit in Glasgow this month and the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay in June.

“I invite my friends and partners to discuss how to build close economic, technological and security relationships globally and provide them to the people of the United Kingdom,” said Liz Truss, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom.

“We want to build a global network of freedoms that advances freedom, democracy and businesses and encourages like-minded countries to work together in a powerful position.”

However, Myanmar was excluded from the G7 Foreign Ministers Summit.

“The UK has made it clear that Myanmar’s junta is not welcoming direct attendance,” said Amanda Milling, Minister of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development.

“We will keep in mind ASEAN’s decision not to invite Senior General Min Aung Hlaing to the ASEAN summit,” Milling said on October 19.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military defeated a government elected by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, ending a decade of tentative democratic reforms.

Mr Milling said the British government “condemned the military coup in Myanmar, violence against the people of Myanmar, and the detention of members of the civil government and civil society, including State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint.”

Reuters reported that Myanmar’s junta leader Min Aung Hlaing was also excluded from attending a virtual China-ASEAN leaders summit hosted by China’s President Xi Jinping on November 22.

Two sources from the governments of the participating countries said Myanmar would instead be represented by an ambassador to China.

Reuters contributed to this article.

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