LONDON, May 3 (Xinhua) – UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday to discuss recovery efforts after COVID-19 and a possible free trade agreement between the two countries.
The meeting took place in London ahead of the first face-to-face meeting of the Group of Seven (G7) foreign and development ministers in two years, according to a statement issued by the British government.
“UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab received US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at 1 Carlton Gardens ahead of this week’s meeting of G7 Foreign Ministers. a discussion on foreign policy priorities and opportunities to strengthen the friendship between the United Kingdom and the United States, “a spokesman for the United Kingdom’s Office for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development said in a statement.
“Discussions included a shared UK-US commitment to open partnerships, a strengthened multilateral system, and efforts to better recover from COVID-19, including the COVAX Mechanism and a UK-US FTA (Free Trade Agreement). “said the spokesman.
They also discussed the most recent events in Afghanistan, Iran and Ethiopia, among other topics, the spokesperson noted.
During their joint press conference, Raab said that the world has changed quite a bit in the last two years, creating challenges that require global solutions.
“Our societies and our economies have been disrupted and shaken by the coronavirus,” Raab said.
“There is also rapid technological change that brings new opportunities, we have seen it in collaboration on things like vaccines, and there are acute global challenges and threats, from COVID to climate change, that frankly demand global solutions, and we are committed to try to find and forge these solutions, “he added.
The G7 Foreign and Development Ministers today began a three-day meeting in London for the first time in two years to address issues such as economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic and climate change.
The conference was reportedly conducted with strict security measures against COVID guaranteed by the organizers.
The last meeting of the G7 foreign ministers was held in France in April 2019.
The United Kingdom holds the rotating presidency of the G7, which also includes the United States, France, Germany, Canada, Japan and Italy.
This week’s meeting will also be attended by representatives from the European Union, Australia, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea and South Africa, as well as Brunei, this year’s president of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The G7 summit will take place June 11-13 in Cornwall, a maritime resort in south-west England.