Members of the small delegation accompanying External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to the UK have examined constructive for COVID-19, forcing the minister to take his remaining schedule right here digital as a “measure of abundant caution”.
“Was made aware yesterday evening of exposure to possible Covid positive cases,” Jaishankar mentioned on Twitter on Wednesday.
“As a measure of abundant caution and also out of consideration for others, I decided to conduct my engagements in the virtual mode. That will be the case with the G7 Meeting today as well,” he mentioned.
According to quite a few sources, two members of the delegation examined constructive on Tuesday with additional test outcomes nonetheless awaited.
Jaishankar arrived in London on Monday for a four-day go to on the invitation of UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to be part of the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers Meeting as one of many visitor ministers.
“The addition of our friends from Australia, India, the Republic of Korea and South Africa, as well as the chair of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) reflects the growing significance of the Indo Pacific region for the G7,” mentioned Raab.
Jaishankar was to be part of ministers from the opposite visitor nations for the primary formal gathering of the summit over a working dinner on Tuesday night.
Now a bilateral assembly scheduled with Raab at Chevening in Kent on Thursday could have to tackle a digital type.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has been approached for a remark.
A diaspora-focussed occasion as a part of the Global Dialogue Series, hosted by the Indian High Commissioner to the UK Gaitri Issar Kumar on Wednesday, took on a totally digital form as an alternative of a deliberate hybrid format.
Was made conscious yesterday night of publicity to attainable Covid constructive circumstances. As a measure of ample warning and in addition out of consideration for others, I made a decision to conduct my engagements in the digital mode. That would be the case with the G7 Meeting right now as properly.
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) May 5, 2021
Earlier on Tuesday, the External Affairs Minister met UK Home Secretary Priti Patel to signal a brand new Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement.
“A fruitful meeting this morning with Home Secretary Priti Patel. Signed the Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement that would facilitate legal travel and encourage talent flows,” he tweeted after the assembly.
This was adopted by talks with Josep Borrell Fontelles, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, whom he thanked for the “support and goodwill” prolonged by the EU at a important time in India’s COVID-19 pandemic.
He additionally participated in the primary India-France-Australia Trilateral Ministerial Dialogue throughout which he mentioned he had “substantive discussions” with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne.
Jaishankar additionally held discussions with South African Foreign Minister Dr Naledi Pandor, with a give attention to working collectively on combating the COVID pandemic, financial restoration and Commonwealth points.
On his arrival in the UK on Monday, the minister held talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, which focussed on detailed discussions on the worldwide pandemic problem, vaccine manufacturing capability and dependable provide chains.
The G7 summit had been pitched as the primary in-person summit because the pandemic and the primary for the Group of Seven ministers — comprising Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, US and UK in addition to the European Union (EU) — to be hosted at a COVID-secure venue.
The protocols in place contain employees and delegates required to full every day COVID-19 checks all through the summit earlier than coming into any of the venues.
An on-site testing facility has been arrange, which might test up to 50 delegates per hour.
According to studies, greater than 35 litres of hand sanitiser in G7-branded bottles have been to be supplied for the premises.
Besides, there’s strict steerage on social distancing in place for the entire summit and delegates usually separated by Perspex screens in conferences and through working lunches/dinners.
The scale of the delegations had additionally been decreased to minimise danger, with room headcounts indoors additionally minimize down considerably.