Sat 21 November 2020:
Saudi Arabia has opened the G20 summit as a first for an Arab nation, with the virtual forum dominated by efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and the worst global recession in decades.
The two-day meeting of the world’s wealthiest nations that began on Saturday comes as President Donald Trump refuses to concede a bitter election and campaigners criticise what they call the G20’s inadequate response to the crippling economic crisis.
“It is unfortunate that we are unable to host you in person in Riyadh, due to the exceptional circumstances that we are all facing this year,” King Salman, the summit’s hosts, told world leaders in opening remarks via videoconference.
“Our peoples and economies are still suffering from this shock. However, we will do our best to overcome this crisis through international cooperation,” he said, as de facto leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman looked on.
ISRAELI ARMY BOMBS EASTERN GAZAINTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY MUST SET THE
NEW STANDARD TO ACCESS VACCINE: WHO CHIEF
ISRAELI ARMY BOMBS EASTERN GAZASAUDI ARABIA TO OFFER VACCINES
TO ALL RESIDENTS FOR FREE
ISRAELI ARMY BOMBS EASTERN GAZAPRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN
ANNOUNCES SEVERAL KEY CABINET PICKS
ISRAELI ARMY BOMBS EASTERN GAZADUBAI’S PRINCESS HAYA
PAID £1.2MILLION TO KEEP AFFAIR
WITH BODYGUARD SECRET: REPORT
ISRAELI ARMY BOMBS EASTERN GAZAYEMEN’S HOUTHIS CLAIM THEY ATTACKED
SAUDI ARAMCO FACILITY IN JEDDAH
ISRAELI ARMY BOMBS EASTERN GAZABIDEN TO NAME ANTONY BLINKEN AS
SECRETARY OF STATE, REPORTS SAYS
ISRAELI ARMY BOMBS EASTERN GAZAG20 LEADERS COMMIT TO
FAIR DISTRIBUTION OF CORONAVIRUS
ISRAELI ARMY BOMBS EASTERN GAZAUNITED STATES FORMALLY PULLS
OUT OF OPEN SKIES TREATY
ISRAELI ARMY BOMBS EASTERN GAZARIVAL LIBYAN MPS TO HOLD
UNITY TALKS IN MOROCCO
ISRAELI ARMY BOMBS EASTERN GAZAOXFORD ASTRAZENECA COVID-19 VACCINE
CAN BE 90% EFFECTIVE, RESULTS SHOW
ISRAELI ARMY BOMBS EASTERN GAZAPAKISTAN ACQUIRES $800M
IN DEBT RELIEF FROM G20
ISRAELI ARMY BOMBS EASTERN GAZASOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATING
FUGITIVE BUSHIRIS’ ESCAPE
ISRAELI ARMY BOMBS EASTERN GAZAISRAELI MINISTER AND MEDIA CLAIMS
CROWN PRINCE HELD 'SECRET MEETING
WITH NETANYAHU, RIYADH DENIES IT
ISRAELI ARMY BOMBS EASTERN GAZAUK’S BORIS JOHNSON RAISES
CONCERNS OVER ROHINGYA
CRISIS WITH SUU KYI
World leaders have huddled virtually as international efforts intensify for a large-scale roll-out of coronavirus vaccines after a breakthrough in trials, and as calls grow for G20 nations to plug a $4.5 billion funding shortfall.
Amid a raging pandemic, the summit – usually an opportunity for one-on-one engagements between world leaders – is reduced to brief online sessions of what some observers call “digital diplomacy”.
— G20 Saudi Arabia (@g20org) November 21, 2020
G20 nations have contributed more than $21 billion to combat the pandemic, which has infected 56 million people globally and left 1.3 million dead, and injected $11 trillion to “safeguard” the virus-battered world economy, organisers said.
The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development projects global economic output will contract by 4.5 percent this year.
But G20 leaders face mounting pressure to help stave off possible credit defaults across developing nations.
My main message to #G20 leaders meeting this weekend is simple:
We need solidarity and cooperation.
And we need concrete action now — especially for the most vulnerable.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) November 20, 2020
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged G20 leaders to offer a “firm commitment” to extend the initiative until the end of 2021.
Photo: This image shows the leaders’ family photo at G20 summit virtually held in Saudi Arabia, on November 21, 2020. (Twitter/@g20org)
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