Raab talks of ‘likeminded countries’ after G7 meeting with US counterpart

Michael Howie
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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (right) meets US secretary of state Antony Blinken (PA Wire)
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (right) meets US secretary of state Antony Blinken (PA Wire)

Dominic Raab said there is a shift towards “likeminded countries” working more closely together after holding face-to-face talks with Joe Biden’s secretary of state ahead of discussions between G7 foreign ministers in the UK.

The Foreign Secretary said there was an increasing demand for countries which shared the same values, such as the countries of the G7 and invited guests, to work together, in the face of hostile states like Russia and China.

Ahead of the first G7 foreign ministers meeting in more than two years, Mr Raab held talks with his American counterpart Antony Blinken on Monday, where they discussed issues such as Iran, China and Russia.

Mr Raab said London and Washington stand “shoulder to shoulder” on these issues at a joint UK-US press conference in Downing Street following the meeting.

As the two countries forge a fresh relationship following the departure of Donald Trump from the White House, Mr Blinken said the US has “no closer ally, no closer partner” than the UK.

The Foreign Secretary emphasised the need for “clusters of likeminded countries” and said this was demonstrated in guests invited to the meeting of the G7.

G7 foreign ministers meetingPA Wire
G7 foreign ministers meetingPA Wire

Mr Raab said: “I do see the increasing demand and need for agile clusters of likeminded countries which share the same values and that want to protect the multilateral system.

“And I think you can see that in the guests that we brought in to the G7 – South Korea, India, Australia and South Africa.

“So in that organic sense I think we can see a shift towards that pattern of clusters of likeminded countries agile enough to work together.”

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The first in-person meeting of G7 foreign ministers will begin on Tuesday, with allies including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the EU attending.

Australia, India, Japan, South Korea and South Africa have also been invited as the UK tries to deepen ties with the Indo-Pacific region.

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