Published: Sun, May 31, 2020

Merkel not likely to attend G7 summit in person

Merkel not likely to attend G7 summit in person

"The Chancellor, President Trump, for his invitation to the G7 summit would like to thank at the end of June in Washington".

"As of today, given the overall pandemic situation, she can not confirm her personal participation, that is, a trip to Washington", the spokesperson added. It added that the chancellor would continue to monitor the coronavirus situation in case things changed. In March, the USA said it would instead be held by video conference because of the coronavirus pandemic.

He reportedly said it is important for world leaders to meet in person for discussions.

The group is made up of the seven largest economies in the world.

Last week, President Trump announced the United States was cutting its ties to the World Health Organisation. In 2019 it was France.

4, 2019 photo, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel looks at President Trump during a photo session at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit at the Grove hotel in Watford, England. Trump spoke with another G-7 leader, Emmanuel Macron of France, on Saturday, and the two presidents "discussed progress on convening the G7", according to a statement from the White House.

Globally, over 5.9 million people have been infected with COVID-19, including more than 364,000 fatalities, according to data from US-based Johns Hopkins University.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on May 20 that he was aiming for a real G7 summit in Washington in late June as a sign of normalization after the outbreak of the pandemic.

Merkel is the first leader of the group to give a firm no, while other world leaders have expressed vaguely positive responses.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday he could not yet commit to attending the proposed G7 meeting in person because of concerns over transmission of the virus and Canada's quarantine rules.

European Council head Charles Michel, meanwhile, said that through a spokesman that he would attend 'if health conditions allow'.

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