The planned inaugural D12 summit of 12 allied nations, scheduled to take place from the 27th to the 29th of November in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland appears to have fallen through, with the government making no public statements or confirmation of it’s hosting.
The D12 summit had been organised under the previous government, with heads of government, Foreign Ministers and Defence Ministers from the UK, USA, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, India, South Korea, Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the European Union agreeing to attend. Key goals from the meetings for the UK had reportedly included expanding the Winter Olympics boycott from the USA, UK and New Zealand to a wider cohort, pushing other Five Eyes members to agree to terms regarding Japanese accession into the alliance as well as broader goals surrounding progress on the genocide in Xianjiang and defence co-operation.
There had been no previous indication that the new government would take a different approach to the D12 than the previous administration, with no statement announcing cancellation from the Foreign Secretary since their taking office. Indeed, Labour have voted twice in recent months in favour of motions calling for the usage of the D12 alliance, those motions being the Asia Defence Motion and 2022 Winter Olympics Boycott Motion.
In a comment provided to the Telegraph, former Foreign Secretary and LPUK Foreign Affairs Spokesman Seimer1234 lambasted the government’s failure, saying “it appears an absentee Shadow Foreign Secretary has now become an absentee Foreign Secretary. The D12 offered an unparalleled opportunity to assert UK leadership on international issues related to China, intelligence sharing and defence co-operation. This apparent failure to host is an immense hit to our national credibility, and I am calling on the government to immediately reschedule.”