G20 Riyadh summit taking place under exceptional circumstances: Saudi Arabia's FM

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The G20 Leaders Summit in Riyadh comes under exceptional circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic, said Saudi Arabia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan via the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on Friday.

Despite the challenges, Prince Faisal said the Kingdom had “faced the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic with determination, determination and competence.”

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“The Kingdom has put at the top of its priorities the protection of lives and the economy from the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, and has paid special attention to discussing policies related to individuals with their various interests and areas affecting their lives,” SPA quoted the minister as saying.

“The Kingdom seeks to push policy solutions to address the epidemic, and to work with international partners and organizations to achieve these solutions,” he added via SPA.

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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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