The ministerial talks will lay the groundwork for the June G7 leaders ‘ summit.
South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-Yong, meeting with Blinken on Monday, expressed gratitude for “the opportunity to have in-depth discussions with the US” after the US administration completed a review of North Korea policy. On Friday, the Biden administration announced its strategy towards Pyongyang, expressing its readiness to negotiate with the country.
Blinken also met with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, saying the two countries share “concerns about North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs” and intend to address these issues in cooperation with South Korea.
On Monday, the Secretary of State will hold talks with Brunei’s Second Foreign Minister Dato Erywan Yousof, Indian Foreign Minister Subramanyam Jaishankar, and British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab.
“Eight years ago, the United Kingdom, our irreplaceable ally, last hosted the G7 Presidency,” Blinken tweeted after arriving in the UK. “It’s nice to be back among the partners and allies for these discussions.”
The British Foreign Office said Raab and Blinken would discuss Afghanistan, Iran, China, and trade issues.
The G7 ministerial talks are laying the groundwork for a summit of the leaders of these countries to be held in the UK in June.
The State Department said the talks would provide an opportunity to discuss “advancing economic growth, the human rights situation, food security, gender equality, and the empowerment of women and girls.”
In addition to the United Kingdom and the United States, the “Big Seven” includes Germany, Italy, Canada, France, and Japan. Australia, Brunei, India, South Africa, and South Korea are also taking part in this week’s talks.
After the talks in the UK, Blinken will travel to Ukraine to meet with President Vladimir Zelensky and other senior officials. State Department spokesman Ned Price said Blinken “will confirm that the United States remains unwavering in its support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression.”