U.K. Hosts Virtual G-7 Summit That Marked Biden’s Debut

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    Leaders of the Group of Seven economic powers were holding their first meeting of 2021 on Friday.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the UK, which holds the G-7 presidency this year, hosted the virtual meeting with the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan and the United States to discuss international challenges — chief among them the pandemic that has killed almost 2.5 million people around the world.

    Friday’s G-7 meeting – and a speech by US President Joe Biden at the Munich Security Conference the same day – comes the day the United States officially rejoins the Paris climate agreement, the largest international effort to curb global warming.

    Then-President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the landmark accord in 2017.

    “It’s great, by the way, that Joe has brought the United States back into the Paris climate change accords”, Johnson said at the meeting.

    “A great step forward.”

    Johnson told the gathering that the climate warnings have been even clearer than they were for COVID.

    For Johnson, the G-7 presidency is a chance to demonstrate Britain is still a key global player following its exit from the EU, which became complete at the end of 2020.

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