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Saudi king to chair G20 video summit on coronavirus

Saudi king to chair G20 video summit on coronavirus

The upcoming summit will gather leaders of G20 through a video call. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will chair an emergency virtual summit on March 26, the Gulf Today reported. The UN and OECD, World Bank and the IMF, WHO and WTO will also participate in the summit titled.

G20 summit will take place despite the coronavirus outbreak across the planet. On March, 26, the leaders from G20 nations will be joined by representatives from the coronavirus-affected countries like Italy, Spain, Jordan, Singapore, and Switzerland.

«The Saudi G20 Presidency has set the date of the extraordinary virtual Leaders’ Summit for Thursday, March 26. King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud will chair the meeting to advance a coordinated global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its human and economic implications,» an official statement said on Wednesday.

One of the most actual topics this year will be a COVID-19 outbreak. King Salman of Saudi Arabia will be a chair of that virtual summit. G20 summit called amid criticism that the powerful group of major economies had been slow to address the global crisis.

Saudi Arabia, which currently holds the G20 presidency, last week insisted for the «virtual summit» following criticism that the rich countries had demonstrated slow response to address the global pathogen crisis. Russian President Vladimir Putin will also attend the summit.

G20 summit will find a way to curb coronavirus

Leaders from G20 nations will be joined by representatives from the coronavirus-affected countries like Italy, Spain, Jordan, Singapore, and Switzerland.

G20 Extraordinary Virtual Leaders’ Summit on COVID-19 will take place on March 26. As the statement said, the regional organisations will be represented by

  • Vietnam the Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN),
  • South Africa the Chair of the African Union (AU),
  • the United Arab Emirates the Chair of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and
  • Rwanda the Chair of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).

The announcement of the summit comes as fears grow that the world economy will plunge into recession due to the novel pathogen crisis.

In Saudi Arabia, the number of coronavirus cases have gone up to 767 with one virus death reported so far. Meanwhile, India’s health ministry reported that a number of COVID-19 cases stood at 562 on Wednesday with nine COVID-19 deaths reported so far.