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Germany invites India to G7, rubbishing speculative report

This year's G7 host Germany has dismissed reports of Berlin not keen to invite New Delhi for the summit due to its Russian policy amid the Ukraine war

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After clarifying that some reports saying Germany was mulling over dropping India from the list of guests for the G7 Summit, Berlin has informally intimated New Delhi about its intent to invite India for the occasion. A formal invite is expected soon from Berlin to India.

The summit is due to take place in the period 26-28 June at Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps. Germany is the chair of the grouping for this year and holds the meeting amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Earlier, ThePrint, using a Bloomberg report, had claimed, “Germany is debating whether to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Group of Seven summit it’s hosting in June, given India’s reluctance to condemn Russia for invading Ukraine, according to people familiar with the matter.” On the other hand, Republic World ran a programme titled “Germany dismisses reports claiming India likely to be snubbed as G7 Summit guest over Russia stance”.

“This is false,” government sources said about the speculative Bloomberg report. The German government has dismissed reports of Berlin not keen to invite New Delhi for the summit due to its Russian policy amid the Ukraine war. It’s believed that Germany is planning to not only invite India for the June summit but some other countries also.

This year’s G7 host Germany has had close ties with Delhi. External Affairs Minister Jaishankar was in Munich in February for the security conference. During his visit, Jaishankar met his German counterpart.

This is the fourth consecutive India has been invited to the G7 summit since 2019. France in 2019 had invited India for the G7 ‘Biarritz Summit’ as “a goodwill partner”. In 2020, President Donald Trump had invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the G7 outreach summit at Camp David. The summit was to take place in June 2020, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event could not take place.

Last year the UK had invited India for the G7 summit, but Prime Minister Modi could not travel due to the second wave of the China-origin flu in the country. The prime minister participated in the summit virtually.

India was first invited to the G7 outreach summit in 2003 when the then Indian Prime Minister was invited by France. From 2005 to 2009, India has been annually invited to the G7 outreach summit with Prime Minister representing India.

Prime Minister Modi is expected to travel to the country in early May for the 6th Inter-governmental Consultations(IGC). The then German Chancellor Angela Merkel had visited India from 31 October-1 November 2019 for consultations which takes place every two years alternately between the two countries.

This year’s IGC is taking place after a gap of three years because of the pandemic. It will also be the first in-person meeting between Prime Minister Modi and the new German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. The prime minister will also travel to Denmark for the India Nordic in-person summit.

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