US President Donald Trump has postponed the G7 Summit from the end of June to at least September. He also said that he would like to invite other countries including India, Russia, South Korea and Australia.
The US President also said that the current G7 format is “outdated”, CNN reported. He told the reporters on Saturday that he is postponing it because he does not feel as a G7 it properly represents what is going on in the world.
As per the report, the G7 Summit was scheduled to be held on June 10-12 in Washington, however, it was shifted to the end of June in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.
The White House Spokesperson Alyssa Farah said that the US President wants to bring other traditional US allies as well as those impacted by the coronavirus and to talk about the future of China, the news agency ANI reported.
US President Donald Trump is postponing the G7 summit to September. He also says he wants to invite India, Australia, Russia, and South Korea to the meeting: US Media https://t.co/EDbjizijxu
— ANI (@ANI) May 31, 2020
Among the Prime Ministers of India, Dr Manmohan Singh has been a part of five such summits. Reportedly, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the first to be invited in 2013. Among the subcontinent, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina has attended two recent summits while Pakistan has never been invited.
In 2005, the G8 Summit had invited the then PM Manmohan Singh for the summit in the UK. The G7 Summit started as an economic construct, post the oil crises in the early 1970s, consisting the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the UK. Now, it is a part of the global high table along with G20, of which India is a full member.