G7 foreign ministers meet in London05 May 2021
International Desk :
G7 foreign ministers gathered in London on Tuesday with human rights and protecting democracy high on the agenda.
A number of global issues of concern will be discussed throughout the day - but it is the military coup in Myanmar and the ensuing crackdown on protesters that will dominate the opening exchanges between the ministers, reports DW.
Tuesday's meeting comes after Britain's foreign secretary Dominic Raab met his US counterpart, Antony Blinken, on Monday, as well as his opposite number from Japan, Toshimitsu Motegi.
UK wants tougher action on Myanmar junta
Representatives from Germany, the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Japan and the European Union will begin by watching a video from Myanmar's National Unity Government - a council of ousted lawmakers whose primary objective is to restore partial democracy in the beleaguered nation.
The video from the anti-coup activists and ethnic minorities will update the ministers with the current situation on the ground.
Britain's Raab is expected to call for stronger action against the junta, which seized power on February 1. The tougher measures he is urging from fellow G7 members include expanding targeted sanctions against entities connected to the military, supporting arms embargoes and increasing humanitarian assistance.
Britain, which holds the G7 rotating presidency, has billed the event as a chance to reassert its influence and play a greater role in dealing with the perceived threats of China and Russia.
"The UK's presidency of the G7 is an opportunity to bring together open, democratic societies and demonstrate unity at a time when it is much needed to tackle shared challenges and rising threats," Raab said in a statement.
The ministers of the world's leading economies are meeting face-to-face for the first time in more than two years after a coronavirus-forced pause.
The meeting comes ahead of a summit between world leaders due to take place in June in Cornwall, southwest England.