After lunch in the restaurant, the heads of state and government outlined the details of the upcoming talks. According to London, Britain and Canada will redouble their efforts to negotiate a reciprocal trade agreement that would bring “great opportunities”.
French President Emmanuel Macron posted a photo from a lunch on Twitter in which he emphasized “unity, determination and equal enthusiasm”. Politicians also promised to support poor countries in their coronavirus vaccination campaign, the details of which will be discussed on Friday afternoon. Relations with China are also a popular topic, Reuters wrote.
The French president’s office said the current leaders of the European Union member states agreed that China is a systemic competitor, partner in global issues and at the same time a competitor. At the G7 summit, EU leaders also want to discuss their position on China with US President Joe Biden. With this summit, he began his first foreign trip as President of the United States.
Vaccines for developing countries
President Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and the presidents of the European Commission and the European Council also agreed to intensify efforts to share coronavirus vaccines with the developing world. The Elysee Palace said the goal is to vaccinate 60 percent of the population of developing countries, especially in Africa, by March 2022.
Britain has also announced that it will donate at least 100 million more doses of the vaccine next year, according to the BBC. On the other hand, Germany wants to pay thirty million subsidies by the end of this year, according to Reuters. “I hope we will achieve very good results to show that we are not only thinking of ourselves, but also of those who have not yet had the opportunity to be vaccinated,” Merkel said.
Representatives of the G7 countries (Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the USA and Canada) traditionally participated in the negotiations in Britain, along with representatives of the European Union. Representatives from Australia, South Korea and India were also invited. The main point of the Friday afternoon meeting is the fight against the epidemic, and in the evening there is a dinner party with members of the British royal family.