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    Donald Trump postpones G7 summit, wants India, others to join group

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    "I don't feel that as a G7 it properly represents what's going on in the world. It's a very outdated group of countries," Trump told reporters on Air Force One. He said he would like to invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to join an expanded summit in the fall.

    Trump seeks to add India, Russia to G7 invitation list
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    NEW DELHI: US President Donald Trump has suggested expansion of the Group of Seven, saying G7 is a “very outdated group” and that India, Australia, South Korea and Russia be included and the grouping called G10 or G11.

    Trump also said he is postponing the next meeting of the G7, which the US is hosting, to September or November. He said he had “roughly” discussed the idea with the leaders of the four countries he would like to add to G7.

    India did not react to Trump’s comments till press time on Sunday. G7 is a grouping of some of the world’s largest economies – the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan.

    In 2019, France had invited India to the G7 meet it hosted at the resort town of Biarritz. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also undertook a bilateral trip to Paris on the occasion, elevating strategic partnership to the next level. “I’m postponing it because I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world,” Trump told media persons on Air Force One on the way back from the launch of the first manned mission into space by a private company, SpaceX. “It’s a very outdated group of countries,” he said.

    The US President suggested the meeting could take place in the weekend before or after the annual UN General Assembly, which is scheduled to start on September 15 and end on September 22. Trump hinted, though, that he was considering other options. “Maybe I’ll do it after the election,” he said. “Think a good time would be before the election… We want Australia, we want India, we want South Korea. And what do we have? That’s a nice group of countries right there.”

    The US media also reported that he mentioned Russia, which was part of G8 until it became G7. Sections of the strategic community in the US want the administration to develop tactical ties with Russia to balance China. Trump has suggested earlier that Russia be readmitted to the group, arguing, as he did before the 2019 summit in Biarritz, “because a lot of the things we talk about have to do with Russia”.

    The US president had pressed the G7 heads of state and government at a dinner during the Biarritz summit to readmit Russia. Only Italy had backed him, as it has been doing for the past few years. Japan was neutral on the occasion.

    In 2005, the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had attended a meeting of the G8 in Gleneagles, Scotland at the invitation of then British PM Tony Blair.
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    40 Comments on this Story

    Ankur Jain46 days ago
    Great news for India this proves that strong and decisiveness leadership matters, on the other hand China must be raising its Eyebrows for not finding its name in Trump lists.
    Bharatkumar Kolatkar46 days ago
    A comforting news, indeed!
    Ravie Gupta46 days ago
    good move
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