Saudi King: World Confronts a Pandemic and Challenges to Healthcare Systems

Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud said on Wednesday that as the world confronts the new coronavirus, the Group of 20 major economies will convene in an exceptional summit to come up with initiatives to unite the efforts to combat the pandemic.

“As the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges to healthcare systems and the global economy, we convene this extraordinary G20 summit to unite efforts towards a global response,” the King said on Twitter.

The Kingdom, which holds the G20 presidency this year, will host G20 leaders by video-conference on Thursday.

G20 members will be joined by leaders from invited countries, Spain, Jordan, Singapore, and Switzerland, as well as international organizations; United Nations (UN), World Bank Group (WBG), the World Health Organization (WHO) and World Trade Organization (WTO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Financial Stability Board (FSB), the International Labor Organization (ILO), International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Saudi Press Agency reported Wednesday.

Regional organizations 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), SPA added.