The US President Mr. Donald Trump has said that he will delay the G7 summit until September and invite other countries, including India, to join the meeting.
'I don't feel that as a G7, it properly represents what's going on in the world. It's a very outdated group of countries, Mr. Trump told reporters on Saturday. He also said that he would like to invite Russia, South Korea, Australia and India to join an expanded summit in the fall.
It could happen in September, either before or after the UN General Assembly, he added.
The annual summit was due to take place in the U.S. this year but the White House said in March it would be hosted via video conference due to the novel coronavirus. The summit was due to take place from June 10-12 at Camp David.
This comes after German Chancellor Mrs. Angela Merkel, said she will not attend an in-person summit of G7 leaders that Mr. Trump has suggested he will host despite concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, a German government spokesman said.
'As of today, considering the overall pandemic situation, she cannot agree to her personal participation, to a journey to Washington,' the spokesman said.
However, last month, the US President had suggested hosting the annual G7 summit in person rather than by videoconference, with the White House touting the occasion as a 'show of force' during the coronavirus pandemic.
'Now that our country is 'Transitioning back to Greatness', I am considering rescheduling the G-7, on the same or similar date, in Washington, D.C., at the legendary Camp David. The other members are also beginning their COMEBACK. It would be a great sign to all - normalization! (sic)' Mr. Trump had said in a tweet.
The novel coronavirus has wreaked havoc across the world by infecting more than six million people around the world and killing 366,848..
The US is the worst-hit, with 1,760,740 cases and 103,472 deaths. But the virus is now spreading fastest in Latin America, with more than 45,000 cases in the last 24 hours, for a total of 944,695 cases and 49,230 deaths.