German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not attend a personal meeting of G7 leaders, as proposed by US President Donald Trump, despite fears of the coronavirus, AFP reported.
Leaders of the group of seven, which is being chaired by the United States this year, were scheduled to speak via video conference in late June after Covid-19 thwarted plans to see live at Camp David, Maryland.
But last week, Trump said he was ready to meet “mostly in the White House” and possibly in parts of Camp David.
However, Merkel refused.
“To date, given the overall pandemic situation, she cannot agree to personally participate and travel to Washington,” a government spokesman said in Berlin.
The 65-year-old chancellor is second in the G-7 after Trump, who is 73. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is several months younger than Merkel.
On Friday, the White House said that in a conversation with Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed that it was important to hold a personal meeting of the G-7 in the near future.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, for his part, stressed the importance of studying the “experts’ recommendations.”
According to Reuters, the United States remains the most affected by the coronavirus globally, with more than 102,000 deaths and more than 1.75 million infected.
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