India’s foreign minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, has pulled out of in-person meetings at a Group of Seven gathering in London because of possible exposure to COVID-19.
In a tweet, Jaishankar said that “As a measure of abundant caution and also out of consideration for others, I decided to conduct my engagements in the virtual mode. That will be the case with the G7 Meeting today as well.”
Britain’s Foreign Office, which organized the meeting, did not immediately confirm whether any delegates had tested positive.
Diplomats from the G-7 group of wealthy nations are meeting in London for their first face-to-face gathering in two years. Delegates have been observing social distancing and are separated by transparent screens in meetings, and delegates are tested daily for the virus.
Although it is not a G7 member, India, along with South Africa, South Korea and Australia was invited as a guest for the second day of the meeting on Wednesday.
The Foreign Office said it regretted that Jaishankar could not attend the meeting in person, “but this is exactly why we have put in place strict COVID protocols and daily testing.”