Secretary of State Antony Blinken will attend the G7 summit in London May 3-5 and then travel to Ukraine amid tensions with Russia in the area, the State Department said Friday.
In London, Blinken will discuss the climate and covid-19 crises, as well as human rights, gender equality and food security.
The head of U.S. diplomacy will meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his counterpart, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.
“Secretary Blinken has signaled that where the rules of international security and the global economy are written, the United States will be,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.
“We see the G7 as a critical forum in that effort,” he added.
In addition to the G7 member countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom), the British Foreign Secretary has invited his colleagues from India, Australia, the Republic of Korea, South Africa, as well as representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Following the G7 summit, Blinken will travel to Kiev (Ukraine) on May 5 and 6 where he will meet with the president, Volodymir Zelenski, on his first visit to the country and where he will “reaffirm the United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s continued aggression.”
“(The secretary of state) will also encourage continued progress on Ukraine’s institutional reform agenda, especially anti-corruption measures, key to strengthening Ukrainian democratic institutions,” the Washington note said.