German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not attend the G7 summit in Washington due to the coronavirus pandemic, the German Press Agency reported Saturday, citing government spokesperson, Steffen Seibert.
The summit was originally scheduled for June 10-12 at the presidential retreat of Camp David, Maryland.
In 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 in a 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)