Saudi Arabia to host virtual G20 summit in November

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a welcome ceremony with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at the Saudi Royal palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photo: AFP/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Sputnik. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

RIYADH, Sep 28, 2020, Reuters, DW. The G20 leaders’ summit will be held online on November 21-22 rather than in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia said in a statement on Monday, DW reported.

The meeting will be chaired by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the focus will be on “protecting lives and restoring growth, by addressing vulnerabilities uncovered during the pandemic and by laying down the foundations for a better future.”

“The G20 has contributed over $21 billion to support the production, distribution, and access to diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines,” the statement read.

In a bid to safeguard the global economy from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the G20 countries have also injected $11 trillion (€9.5 trillion).

The group has launched a debt suspension initiative for the least developed countries “that would allow beneficiary countries to defer $14 billion in debt payments due this year and use these amounts instead for financing their health systems and social programs,” the statement said.

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