Cornwall is to host the meeting of world leaders in the annual G7 meeting of seven of the largest economies. It will be a landmark first meeting between prime ministers and presidents since the start of the global coronavirus pandemic. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spoken of the upcoming event, describing it as “a crucial summit”.
The major three-day international event will see leaders from the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, as well as invited leaders from Australia, India, and South Korea attend. It could also be Joe Biden’s first trip to the UK as President of the US.
The leaders’ meeting itself will be held on June 11-13 at the Carbis Bay Estate set on its own beautiful bay in West Cornwall. St Ives and other sites in Cornwall will play feature with Falmouth hosting UK and international media. Cornwall Airport Newquay and the National Maritime Museum Cornwall will play an official role in the summit.
Organisations across Cornwall have welcomed the announcement, pledging the event will leave a lasting social and economic legacy to benefit all of the county and promote Brand Cornwall.
Mr Johnson added: “As the most prominent grouping of democratic countries, the G7 has long been the catalyst for decisive international action to tackle the greatest challenges we face. From cancelling developing world debt to our universal condemnation of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the world has looked to the G7 to apply our shared values and diplomatic might to create a more open and prosperous planet.
“Coronavirus is doubtless the most destructive force we have seen for generations and the greatest test of the modern world order we have experienced. It is only right that we approach the challenge of building back better by uniting with a spirit of openness to create a better future.
“Cornwall is the perfect location for such a crucial summit. Two hundred years ago Cornwall’s tin and copper mines were at the heart of the UK’s industrial revolution and this summer Cornwall will again be the nucleus of great global change and advancement. I’m very much looking forward to welcoming world leaders to this great region and country.”
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