Germany invited India to the G7 summit in June.
This 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.” A formal invite from Germany is expected soon from Berlin to New Delhi.
The summit is due to take place from June 26-28 at Schloss Elmanu in the Bavarian Alps. Germany is the chair of the grouping for this year and holds the meeting amid the Russian war against Ukraine. The summit was to take place in June 2020 however due to the COVID-19 crisis it could not take place.
In the meantime, the German government has dismissed reports of Berlin not keen to invite India for the summit due to India’s policy towards Russia amid the Ukraine war.
Germany is planning to not only invite India but also to invite some other countries as well. PM Modi is expected to travel to the country in early May for the 6th Inter-governmental Consultations (IGC). The then German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited India from October 31 – to November 1, 2019, for consultations that take place every two years alternately between the two countries.
Germany, this year’s G7 has had close ties with New Delhi, EAM Jaishankar was in Munich in February this year for the security conference, and Jaishankar has met his German counterpart,