G7 foreign chiefs agree on efforts to fight virus

Mar 26, 2020

G7 foreign chiefs agree on efforts to fight virus

Washington DC (USA), Mar 26: Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations confirmed on Wednesday that their countries will work together to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.
The meeting had been scheduled to take place in the United States but was switched to a video conference due to concerns about the pandemic.
It was the first time for a G7 foreign ministerial meeting to be held by teleconference.
The foreign chiefs confirmed that their countries will share the lessons and knowledge that they have learned from their anti-virus measures, cooperate on border controls, and work toward the joint development of drugs and vaccines.
They also agreed to take the initiative in providing support to developing countries where it is feared the virus will spread.
As for the decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics by about one year, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said he would like the Games to be held when they can take place in a complete form. The other participants expressed support.
The foreign chiefs also discussed North Korea, which has conducted a series of ballistic missile launches. They agreed that such launches cannot be tolerated by the international community.
They reaffirmed close cooperation for the complete denuclearization of the North.
Source: NHK World