Sun. Dec 6th, 2020
Jordanian King Abdullah, center, arrives with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, left, and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi at the summit in Amman. (Photo Courtesy : AFP)

Saudi Arabia King Salman opened on Saturday the Group of 20 summit at Dubai, United Arab Emirates urging for a united global response for the coronavirus disease 2019. The G2o represents 20 nations that account for around 85 percent of global economic output.

World leaders will gather virtually at Dubai as international efforts intensify for a large-scale rollout of Covid-19 vaccines after a breakthrough in trials, and as calls grow for G20 nations to plug a $4.5-billion funding shortfall.

And amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the summit was reduced to brief online sessions of “digital diplomacy.”

“Our peoples and economies are still suffering from this shock. However, we will do our best to overcome this crisis through international cooperation,” Salman, the summit’s hosts, told world leaders in opening remarks via videoconference.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian leader Vladimir Putin are among leaders expected to speak at the summit, with climate change among the issues topping the agenda, sources close to the organizers said.

Donald Trump is also taking part but it is unclear whether the US president will make an address. SOVEREIGHPH

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