UK bets on in-person G7 summit in June

The U.K. will hold this year’s G7 summit in Cornwall in the far southwest corner of England in June, with the intention of hosting world leaders in person.

The event was canceled last year due to the coronavirus crisis, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refusal to accept an invitation from Donald Trump to attend the gathering in Washington the catalyst.

The 2021 event will take place between June 11 and 13 in Carbis Bay. Along with the leaders of the G7 — made up of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States — the U.K. is also inviting Australia, India and South Korea. The 10 countries represent 60 percent of people living in democratic countries.

With so many international events currently canceled, the in-person attendance of leaders will likely depend on the coronavirus situation at the time, although there are hopes that mass vaccination will have had a significant impact on the pandemic by June.

If leaders have time between discussions on the pandemic, climate change and other international issues, they may fancy a dip in the sheltered bay which Visit Cornwall describes as “perfect for swimming” and “surrounded by sub-tropical plants and lapped by turquoise waters.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was “the perfect location for such a crucial summit,” and that it “will again be the nucleus of great global change and advancement.” Other locations across Britain will host both virtual and in-person events throughout the year.



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