- The Group of Seven (G7) is a collective of seven of the world’s most industrialized and developed economies. Their political leaders come together annually to discuss important global economic, political, social and security issues.
- The G7 member countries are the United States, Britain, France, Japan, Germany, Italy, and Canada.
- Russia belonged to the forum from 1998 through 2014, when the bloc was known as the G8, but was suspended following its annexation of Crimea.
- India is not a member of the G-7 grouping.
Why in News?
- The Ministry of External Affairs has announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not attend the G7 summit in the United Kingdom next month due to the prevailing COVID situation.
- U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson invited Mr. Modi to participate in the summit as a Special Invitee.