Trump calls into virtual G20 summit, talks COVID-19 with world leaders

22 Novembre, 2020, 00:23 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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In a sign of the times, the traditional "family photo" of leaders in the summit was digitally designed and superimposed on a historical site just outside the Saudi capital, Riyadh, which would have hosted the gathering. The kingdom has presided over the G-20 this year.

Speaking ahead of the virtual summit, being hosted by Saudi Arabia, the Prime Minister said all nations "must hold ourselves to account" to the promise made in March, which was to do "whatever it takes to overcome the pandemic and protect lives and livelihoods".

Meanwhile, Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan said the summit "will seek to strengthen worldwide cooperation to support the global economic recovery". The United States tops the list, followed by India, Brazil, France, Russia, Spain, the U.K., Argentina and Italy, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

(CNN)President Donald Trump participated in his final Group of 20 summit on Saturday by tweeting throughout the opening session and skipping a special side-conference focused on the coronavirus pandemic.

Under Trump, the United States pulled out of the Paris Agreement on fighting climate change, but the decision is likely to be reversed by President-elect Biden. The World Health Organization says more cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the past four weeks than in the first six months of the pandemic. He will also encourage other leaders to step up and support the Covax initiative, to ensure developing countries are not frozen out of the race for a vaccine. Members are expected to finalize a framework for providing poor nations debt-relief, alongside continuing discussions for financing covid-19 vaccine collaborations. The United States has declined to join under Trump.

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The Turkish leader will address the summit via video link at 13:00 GMT.

As the trailblazing event got under way, there were some early quirks, with someone heard telling the king that "the whole world is watching" before the event started, Chinese President Xi Jinping apparently having to call for technical help, and French President Emmanuel Macron chatting to an aide off camera.

"Our fates are in each other's hands", said Johnson, who plans to attend two virtual events at the summit while self-isolating at home in London after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

"We will spare no effort to ensure their affordable and equitable access for all people, consistent with members' commitments to incentivize innovation", the leaders said in the draft G20 statement, seen by Reuters. The global community is wondering what the Group of 20 (G20) can do to make the system better, Chinese President Xi Jinping said when addressing the G20 Riyadh Summit via video link. At the time, they vowed "to do whatever it takes to overcome the pandemic".

The G20 launched the DSSI in April to address the immediate liquidity needs of low-income countries, allowing the debt service payments due from May 1 to the end of the year owed by the most impoverished countries to be suspended.

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