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Foreign ministers meet at the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers meeting at Lancaster House in London on Tuesday May 4th. From left: Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau, British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu, European High Representative of the Foreign Affairs Union Josep Borrell, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Luigi Di Maio, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas and French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian. Stefan Rousseau / PA Wire / AP Images

The UK is hosting the first face-to-face meeting of G7 foreign ministers in two years, with the Group of Seven meeting Tuesday at Lancaster House in London, with Covid-19 protocols in place.

When G7 foreign ministers arrived at the scene masked on Tuesday, they exchanged traditional handshakes with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab for a “bump” in his elbow or forearm, highlighting the continuing threat of the Covid-19 crisis.

The event “will bring together some of the world’s leading democracies for discussions and decisive action on the world’s most critical issues,” the UK Foreign Office said in a statement.

The group of industrialized countries of the G7 includes the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the EU. This year, the UK also issued invitations to India, Australia, South Africa, South Korea and Brunei.

Topics on the ministers’ agenda include relations with Russia, China and Iran, the coup in Myanmar, the war in Syria and the situations in Libya, Ethiopia, Somalia, the Sahel. and in the Western Balkans, according to the Foreign Ministry.

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