Iran on Saturday rejected as psychological warfare "baseless" accusations by G7 foreign ministers that it was behind a deadly drone attack on a tanker off Oman last week, and said Tehran sought to enhance the security of the strategic Persian Gulf waterway.
Outgoing UN aid chief Mark Lowcock slammed the Group of Seven wealthy nations on Monday for failing to come up with a plan to vaccinate the world against COVID-19, describing the G7 pledge to provide one billion doses over the next year as a “small step”.
China denounced on Monday a joint statement by the Group of Seven leaders that had scolded Beijing over a range of issues as a gross interference in the country’s internal affairs, and urged the grouping to stop slandering China.
China on Sunday pointedly cautioned Group of Seven leaders that the days when "small" groups of countries decided the fate of the world was long gone, hitting back at the richest democracies as they sought to act in concert to counter Beijing's might.
The Group of Seven richest democracies on Saturday sought to counter China's growing influence by offering developing nations an infrastructure plan that would rival President Xi Jinping's multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative.
Britain and the European Union showed little sign of defusing a post-Brexit trade dispute on Saturday, with both sides repeating their opposing positions even after US President Joe Biden encouraged them to find a compromise.
A Group of Seven plan to donate one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to poorer countries lacks ambition, is far too slow and shows Western leaders are not yet up to the job of tackling the worst public health crisis in a century, campaigners said on Friday.
The world's seven largest advanced economies agreed to stop international financing of coal projects that emit carbon by the end of this year, and phase out such support for all fossil fuels, to meet globally agreed climate change targets.
G7 deputies held a telephone call on Thursday evening and shared the importance of cooperating in response to the global fallout from the coronavirus outbreak, the Japanese Finance Ministry's top financial diplomat said on Friday.