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UK G7 presidency will try to unite post-Covid world: PM

AFP
London
Britain will use its presidency of the G7 next year to heal divisions caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday.
“One of the things the UK is going to do with the G7 (presidency) is to try to bring the world back together after Covid,” he told a parliamentary committee. “It’s been depressing -- the fights in the airports over PPE (personal protective equipment), the borders that have sprung up, the sequestering of stocks of drugs.
“We have seen a return to nationalist priorities in a way that’s been very depressing for those who believe in globalisation and internationalism.”
Britain takes over the rotating presidency of the group of major industrialised nations next year, just as it embarks on a new path after leaving the European Union.
Johnson has been keen to promote “Global Britain”, even as he is criticised at home for his approach to trying to secure a tricky post-Brexit trade deal with the EU. He pointed to a conference Britain hosted in June which saw $8.8 billion pledged for global vaccines alliance Gavi to help immunisation programmes disrupted by the pandemic.
Johnson, who called the current state of international relations “totally fissiparous”, also praised the WHO for its work during the outbreak.