Merkel rejects Trump’s invitation for G7 summit in Washington

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not attend the G7 summit Washington due to the coronavirus pandemic, the German reported Saturday, citing government spokesperson, Steffen Seibert.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on May 20 that he aiming for a real G7 summit Washington late June as a sign of normalisation after the outbreak of the pandemic.

The summit originally scheduled for June 10-12 at the presidential retreat of Camp David, Maryland.

March, however, the U.S. government cancelled the arrangement because of the pandemic and scheduled a video conference instead.

Merkel had initially left open whether she would accept Trump’s invitation to participate video conference.

In whatever form this meeting takes place, “whether as a video conference or otherwise, I will definitely fight for multilateralism.

“That is very clear, both in the G7 and the G20,’’ the chancellor said on May 20. (Xinhua/NAN)