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U.S. officials: G7 foreign ministers will discuss China and Russia three times as long as Afghanistan

U.S. officials: G7 foreign ministers will discuss China and Russia three times as long as Afghanistan

Dominic Raab, U.K. foreign secretary, second left, gestures while speaking at the start of a G-7 foreign and development ministers meeting at Lancaster House in London, U.K., on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is hosting the meeting through May 5. Photographer: Andy Rain/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The G7 foreign ministers’ meeting in London coincided with the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan, but U.S. State Department officials said the G7 foreign ministers had discussed China and Russia three times as long as Afghanistan.

“We started at 8:45 a.m. and spent an hour and a half discussing China, then 30 minutes each discussing Burma, Libya and Syria, 1 hour and 30 minutes discussing Russian issues, including Ukraine and Belarus, and 30 minutes discussing Afghanistan,” a senior State Department official told reporters as he briefed reporters on the G7 foreign ministers’ meeting in London, Russian satellite news agency reported on May 5. ”

Reuters reported that China and Russia were the main topics of discussion among G7 foreign ministers during the talks on May 4th, local time. Before the talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Blinken said, “Our goal is not to contain China or undermine China’s development.” ”

The discussion on the morning of the 4th focused mainly on China, while the main topic in the afternoon was Russia.

U.S. President Joe Biden said in a May 4 speech local time that he expects to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G7 summit in June. It is reported that the 2021 G7 meeting will be held in Cornwall, England in June, this will be Biden’s first overseas visit as president.

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