PM Narendra Modi calls off his visit to UK for G-7 summit

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called off his in-person visit for the G-7 summit to Britain because of the ongoing Covid-19 situation, which was scheduled for next month, the Ministry of External Affairs announced on Tuesday.

This is the second cancellation of Modi’s visit overseas. On April 20, the Ministry of External Affairs announced cancellation of a planned visit to Portugal to attend the India-European Union summit on May 8. The summit was later held in a virtual format. However, PM Modi had paid a two day visit to Bangladesh to attend events marking 50 years of that country's war of liberation in March 2021.

"While appreciating the invitation to the Prime Minister by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to attend the G7 Summit as a special invitee, given the prevailing COVID situation, it has been decided that the Prime Minister will not attend the G7 Summit in person," MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said.

G-7 summit chaired by Boris Johnson in Cornwell is scheduled for June 11-13. India along with leaders of Australia, South Korea and South Africa were special invitees to the summit. Leaders of economically powerful and advanced countries are expected to discuss shared challenges including the pandemic and its impact on the global economy.

Boris Johnson was also programmed to pay a visit to India ahead of the G-7 summit, however it was cancelled because of the prevailing Covid-19 situation. He had also cancelled his earlier planned visit to India as the Chief Guest at the Republic Day celebration because of Covid-19.

India has been battling a demolishing second wave of coronavirus. For over three weeks, the country has been reporting more than 3 lakh cases daily.

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