Al-Jubeir: G20 countries have taken great steps to combat the coronavirus pandemic

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir. (Screengrab)

The G20 summit deals with practical issues, not political, empowering women, improving the global trading system, it at all becomes much easier when you’re trying to deal with practical problems, says Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir.

Al-Jubeir wished that the summit was held physically so that people can witness what Saudi Arabia has accomplished in terms of educating the youth, empowering women, and creating a technology-based society.

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“COVID-19 pandemic has prevented most of the meetings from happening physically. It would have been nice to have thousands of people come to walk the streets, meet Saudi men and women. See the changes that have happened in the country, feel the changes that happened,” he added.

“The world has always been connected, but to a much less extent. With time it became more connected. First, by ships 200 years ago, it took 3 to 4 weeks to go from the Middle East to Asia or America, now we are connected by the Internet via zoom to where we can have virtual meetings around the world with multiple participants.” al-Jubeir added.

“Nations became more connected through international organizations like the United Nations, the World Health Organization, World Bank, IMF, World Food Program.”, he added.

“I believe that the world is now a small village, and when one neighborhood in the village has a problem, the rest of the village has a problem. If there’s a disease at one end of the world, it takes hours before it reaches other ends.”

Al-Jubeir considers that the G20 countries have taken significant steps to combat the Coronavirus pandemic.

“Together we can achieve a lot more than if we operate independently,” concluded al-Jubeir.

Family Photo for annual G20 Summit World Leaders is projected onto Salwa Palace in At-Turaif, one of Saudi Arabia?s UNESCO World Heritage sites, in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, November 20, 2020. (Reuters)

Family Photo for annual G20 Summit World Leaders is projected onto Salwa Palace in At-Turaif, one of Saudi Arabia?s UNESCO World Heritage sites, in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, November 20, 2020. (Reuters)

G20 Riyadh Summit

Saudi Arabia holds the 2020 presidency of the G20, which rotates among members, and will be hosting the G20 summit across Saturday November 21 and Sunday November 22.

Due to the coronavirus, this year’s Riyadh summit is being held virtually, with leaders and ministers attending via webcam.

The build-up events, ranging from Women 20 to Business 20, have also taken place virtually.

Addressing the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic is top of the agenda this year, as countries try to rebuild from the devastating economic impact of the virus.

The environment has also featured, with the looming threat of climate change everpresent on the agenda.

This year’s agenda also has a sharper focus on culture than previous years, with culture ministers pledging to support the $2.3 trillion cultural economy in a meeting on November 4.

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