Britain will seek to agree on Tuesday to agree decisive action by G7 partners to protect democracies from global threats such as those posed by China and Russia.
Hosting the second day of a meeting of foreign ministers in London intended to lay the groundwork for a leaders’ summit in June, Raab will lead talks within the Group of Seven wealthy nations on threats to democracy, freedoms and human rights.
“The UK Presidency of the G7 is an opportunity to bring together open and democratic societies and demonstrate unity at a time when it is more than necessary to address common challenges and growing threats,” Raab said in a statement.
In addition to members of the G7, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, Britain this week also invited ministers from Australia, India, Africa from South and South Korea.
Their first in-person meeting in two years is seen by Britain as a chance to bolster its support for the international rules-based system at a time when it claims China’s economic influence and Russia’s malicious activities threaten to undermine it.
On Monday, after meeting with Raab, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said it was necessary to try to forge a global alliance of freedom-loving countries, while stressing that he did not want to hold back China, but make sure she was following the rules. Read more
Tuesday’s discussion will also cover the coup in Myanmar, calling for stronger action against the military junta in the form of expanded sanctions, support for arms embargoes and increased humanitarian assistance.
In the afternoon, talks will turn to Russia, including how to respond to the troop maneuvers on the border with Ukraine and the imprisonment of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
Raab said on Sunday he wanted the G7 to consider a joint rebuttal unit to tackle Russian disinformation and propaganda. Read more
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