Video: Boris Johnson meets US Secretary of State and Dominic Raab talks India at G7 meeting 

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived at Number 10 Downing Street on Tuesday (May 4) for a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Blinken is in London for a G7 foreign ministers’ meeting designed to lay the groundwork for a leaders’ summit in June.

As the two countries forge a fresh relationship following the departure of Donald Trump from the White House, Mr Blinken said on Monday that the US has “no closer ally, no closer partner” than the UK.

Meanwhile, at the G7 meeting itself,  Dominic Raab said the meeting of G7 foreign ministers was a “good opportunity” to engage with India, where coronavirus cases have surpassed 20 million.

With 3.45 million active cases, India recorded 357,229 new infections over the last 24 hours, while deaths rose by 3,449 to 222,408, health ministry data showed.

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With hospitals running out of beds and oxygen and morgues and crematoria overflowing, experts say the actual numbers could be five to 10 times higher.

According to a Reuters tally, total infections were more than 20.2 million, second only to the United States.

G7 foreign ministers are meeting in London to lay the groundwork for a leaders’ summit in June.

In addition to the G7 members Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, Britain has also invited ministers from Australia, India, South Africa and South Korea this week.

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