‘In-person’ G7 summit called off amid coronavirus pandemic
The event will now be conducted via a video-teleconference in April and May amid the coronavirus crisis.
The US has called off this year's in-person G7 summit which had been scheduled for June in Camp David due to the coronavirus crisis. Turns out even a global summit can be done from home!
In view of the ongoing coronavirus crisis that has gripped the entire world in an unprecedented way, the G7 summit scheduled to be held at Camp David from June 10-12 has been cancelled so that leaders of these countries can devote their time and energy in addressing the public health challenge, the White House said on Thursday.
"In order for each country to focus all of its resources on responding to the health and economic challenges of COVID-19 and at President Trump's direction, National Economic Council Director and US Sherpa for the 2020 G7 Larry Kudlow has informed his Sherpa colleagues that the G7 Leaders' Summit the US was set to host in June at Camp David will now be done by video-teleconference," White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said in a statement.
"The White House also informed the other G7 members that in order to continue close coordination, the President will convene the leaders' via video teleconference in April and May just as he did this week," Deere said.
The G7 summit is an annual get-together of the world's seven largest economies -- Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.
But all these countries are currently in crisis mode to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus and to shore up their economies against the impact the crisis is expected to have.
The G7 summit is the latest high-profile event to be cancelled as anxiety over coronavirus puts an end to political gatherings, sports events and musical festivals around the world. The Covid-19 pandemic has so far killed over 10,000 people and infected nearly 250,000.
Early this week, Trump had a video-conference call with G7 leaders. Post that, in a joint statement, leaders of G7 called the COVID-19 pandemic a human tragedy and a global health crisis, which also posed major risks for the world economy.
"We are committed to doing whatever is necessary to ensure a strong global response through closer cooperation and enhanced coordination of our efforts. While current challenges may require national emergency measures, we remain committed to the stability of the global economy," they said.