Germany denies dropping India from the G7 guest list
The German government has denied reports claiming that it was considering not inviting India as a host country to the G7 summit. Germany contradicted a report made by Western media outlet Bloomberg, which had claimed that the German government was snubbing India from the G7 summit due to its stand on the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.
“This is false,” the German government sources said, as cited by international reports on Tuesday.
A formal invite is expected soon from Berlin to India. The summit is due to take place from June 26-28 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.
It is the fourth time India has been consecutively invited to the G7 summit since 2019. France 2019 had invited India to the G7 ‘Biarritz Summit’ as “a goodwill partner”.
India’s diplomatic balancing act has irked several nations, with numerous leaders and their representatives holding talks over the past few weeks. India had abstained from a United Nations vote to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council.
As the Ukraine-Russia conflict continues, India has repeatedly declared that it is “on the side of peace”. While New Delhi has called for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict it has so far abstained from voting against (at the UN) or explicitly condemning Moscow’s actions.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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