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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has called to convene an extraordinary virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit next week to advance a coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its human and economic implications.
This event marks the first time that Saudi Arabia will hold the Presidency of the G20.
In a statement issued on Tuesday by the Kingdom, the G20 will act, alongside international organisations, in any way deemed necessary to alleviate the impact of the pandemic. G20 Leaders will put forward a coordinated set of policies to protect people and safeguard the global economy.
The Summit will build on the ongoing efforts of the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors, senior health, trade, and foreign affairs officials, to further develop the precise requirements and actions needed.
The Saudi Presidency will continue to support and coordinate international efforts to counter the impact of the pandemic, both in human and economic terms.
Sheikh Mohammed said, “This summit is an evidence of the wisdom that humanity has reached over many centuries throughout its history. This wisdom says that our interest is in the cooperation, our strength is in the solidarity and that we are all one.”
G20 finance ministers and central bankers agreed during a separate video conference on Monday to develop an "action plan" to respond to the outbreak, which the International Monetary Fund expects will trigger a global recession.
With the disease tearing around the globe and three billion people locked down, countries are desperate to find ways to stop its terrifying spread and deal with a shock that could surpass the Great Depression.
The pandemic, which has claimed more than 1.37 million lives worldwide, has offered the G-20 an opportunity to prove how such bodies can facilitate international cooperation in crises - but has also underscored their shortcomings.
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