G7 ministers meet in person in London for first time in two years May 04, 2021 0 318 12345 dpaLondonMinisters from the G7 countries were meeting in person for the first time in two years on Monday in London, with discussions including the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, a post-Brexit trade deal, Iran’s nuclear programme and China.British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab met one-on-one with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken ahead of the G7 meeting, where ministers from Canada, France, Germany, Italy and the US were to join.At a news conference, Raab said Britain stood “shoulder to shoulder” with the US on issues such as Iran and Afghanistan, while also agreeing that China needs to stick to its international commitments.Blinken said the US had “no closer ally, no closer partner” than Britain, the Press Association reported.Raab also talked with his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi, principally about Britain’s application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) - a free trade agreement of mainly Pacific nations which includes Japan.“The depth of the UK-Japan relationship is based around a shared outlook on democracy, free trade, tackling climate change, and security collaboration,” Raab said in a statement.“In my talks with Foreign Minister Motegi we discussed Japanese support for the UK’s application to join CPTPP, tackling climate change and COVID-19...” Members of the European Union are also attending the first in-person G7 event since the coronavirus pandemic, and representatives from Australia, India, South Korea, South Africa and the chairman of the Association of South-East Asian Nations have been invited as guests.Britain’s Foreign Office said the ministers will also discuss plans to boost girls’ education and women’s employment while the world recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Biden administration to reunite first group of migrant families May 04, 2021 0 17 Biden marks 10 years since bin Laden raid, as Afghans remain fearful May 04, 2021 0 19 Social distancing could be scrapped in England next month, says Johnson May 04, 2021 0 24 Taliban attack government forces in western Afghanistan, killing 15 Kabul At least 15 members of the Afghan security forces were killed in Taliban attacks in two provinces in the west of the country, local officials said on Monday. At least seven soldiers were killed in an attack against an .. German police arrest operators behind darknet child porn platform Wiesbaden, Germany German police arrested three men on Monday on suspicion of operating one of the world’s largest child pornography internet platforms, following a series of raids across the country. The men are .. France gripped as trial begins over murder of young soldier Paris (dpa) - The trial of a man accused of murdering a soldier began in France on Monday amid huge media interest, with the accused suspected of other high-profile crimes across the country. Nordahl L admitted in court in .. Travel restrictions lighten as France’s coronavirus lockdown eases dpa Paris Signs of normality began to return in France on Monday as the country lifted some of the harshest coronavirus lockdown measures that have kept people close to home in recent weeks while the medical community ..