"The G7 is back"
Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas hopes that the meeting of G7 foreign ministers in London will send a clear signal for human rights, the rule of law and democracy.
Berlin/London (dpa) - German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is hoping that the meeting of G7 foreign ministers in London will send a clear signal for human rights, the rule of law and democracy. "All over the world, authoritarian states are trying to play us off against each other, and breaking the rules is becoming the norm – be it in the Indo-Pacific, in Latin America or in Eastern Europe," the SPD politician said on Monday before his flight departed from Berlin. "It is important that we once again counter this in a united and credible way with our values of democracy, the rule of law, human rights and a rules-based world order."
"The G7 is back," Maas added. However, he said, the competition against autocratic states cannot be won with commitments alone. "Above all, we have to be the ones making the better offers," he said. This includes a worldwide vaccination campaign for everyone, especially in poor countries, a "turnaround in climate action" and global trade according to fair and transparent rules. "And a sustainable model of development partnership that opens up opportunities for a lasting way out of poverty, through education, especially for girls."
Among other things, the foreign ministers of the G7 countries intend to chart their course vis-à-vis China and Russia in London on Tuesday. Topics will also include the conflicts in Syria, Ukraine, Myanmar and Afghanistan. On the sidelines of the consultations, Maas will meet with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken for one-on-one talks.
It is the first face-to-face meeting of the foreign ministers of seven leading Western industrialised countries in two years. In addition to the host Great Britain and Germany, the group includes the USA, France, Italy, Canada and Japan. South Korea, Australia, India and South Africa have also been invited to the talks in London because the British Presidency wants to make the G7 even more of a central forum for the major democracies.