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Foreign ministers of G7 discuss rising threats, human rights and democracy Updated: 2021-05-04 15:38:19 KST


Foreign ministers from the world's leading economies are putting their heads together to find new ways for the G7 to defend international rules and open societies from external threats.
The host of the G7 summit in London, UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab, said Monday the three-day event will be a chance to tackle "shared challenges and rising threats," and discuss ways to suppress geopolitical issues that threaten democracy, freedom and human rights including the turmoil in Myanmar and relations with Russia, China and Iran.
At a joint UK-U.S. press conference on Monday, Raab said there was a shift towards "likeminded countries" working more closely in the face of hostile states.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken noted it's not Washington's purpose to try to contain or to hold China down while it pursues more stable ties with Russia.
On the same day, Japanese foreign minister Toshimitsu Motegi said the seven countries agreed to firmly maintain the goal of complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea.
The first in-person G7 foreign ministers meeting since 2019 will also cover discussions on the Syrian civil war, ways to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.
The G7 groups the UK, the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan plus the European Union.
With delegates from Australia, South Africa and India also in attendance, South Korea has been invited to the annual summit for the first time.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.
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