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The White House said that “no decision” has been made on whether the US president will attend the G7 meeting in June. The meeting will bring together world leaders for the summit hosted in Cornwall by Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, between June 11 and 13.

White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, said there was “certainly a possibility” the president would not come in person.

The G7 meeting is anticipated to be Mr Biden’s first trip abroad since taking office in January.

Ms Psaki told the Daily Telegraph: “In terms of whether or not he will travel, we haven’t made a determination on that at this point.

“It will be related to Covid restrictions and the advice of our health and medical team, and I expect as we get closer we’ll have more of an update.”

The G7 summit will be the first meeting in almost two years to be held in person.

The contents of the meeting will cover climate change, trade, and the coronavirus pandemic.

Ms Psaki said that Mr Biden’s priorities for the summit had not yet been finalised.

The G7 is an intergovernmental organisation consisting of the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan.

In 2018, the G7 represented 58% of global net wealth accumulating to around £227 trillion.

Mr Johnson has also invited leaders from Australia, India and South Korea to the summit.

Between them the 10 leaders represent over 60% of people living in democracies around the world.

In a statement Mr Johnson said “the G7 has long been the catalyst for decisive international action to tackle the greatest challenges we face.

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“From cancelling developing world debt to our universal condemnation of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the world has looked to the G7 to apply our shared values and diplomatic might to create a more open and prosperous planet.”

He continued: “Coronavirus is doubtless the most destructive force we have seen for generations and the greatest test of the modern world order we have experienced.

“It is only right that we approach the challenge of building back better by uniting with a spirit of openness to create a better future.”

According to Johnson’s roadmap out of the pandemic, by the time of the meeting, groups of over 30 will remain illegal and the rule of 6 will still apply to indoor venues.

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