India’s foreign minister who is in the UK for G7 meetings has said he “was made aware of exposure to possible Covid cases”.
India is not in the G7 group of nations but were invited as guests, and UK Home Secretary Priti Patel met the foreign minister on Tuesday.
Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said he would now carry out meetings virtually “as a measure of abundant caution”.
A senior UK diplomat said they “deeply regret” Mr Jaishankar could not attend.
“[He] will now attend virtually , but this is exactly why we have put in place strict Covid protocols and daily testing,” the diplomat added.
The G7 group – the world’s seven largest so-called advanced economies – is made up of the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US.
The official summit made up of G7 leaders is taking place in Cornwall next month, but ministers are currently in the UK for talks.
The talks this week are the first face-to-face meetings the G7 powers have had in more than two years.
Australia, India, South Korea and South Africa are not in G7 but have been invited as guests, as the UK tries to deepen ties with the Indo-Pacific region.
A pleasure to welcome @DrSJaishankar to the @UKHomeOffice today as we signed the landmark Migration & Mobility deal as part of our New Plan for Immigration, providing new opportunities for our young people to live and work here and in India as we recover from the pandemic.
— Priti Patel (@pritipatel) May 4, 2021