G20 Summit conducts virtual summit to treat coronavirus

The G leaders 20 initiate virtual summit to address the world situation due to the impact of the coronavirus

Televisa News SOURCE: efe FROM: RIAD, Saudi Arabia

The virtual summit of the G 20 begins to treat coronavirus . (EFE)

The leaders of the G 20 began the summit this Thursday virtual to address the world situation due to the impact of the coronavirus and coordinate measures to mitigate its impact on the global economy and markets.

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The Saudi Foreign Ministry, the country that acts as the agency's pro tempore president, released images of King Salman bin Abdelaziz on a screen during his speaking time with leaders of others. countries in the lower boxes.

The Saudi Ministry and the official SPA agency reported in a series of messages on Twitter that King Salman referred in his opening speech to “responsibility” as “leaders of the world's largest economies” of facing the coronavirus pandemic.

“On the commercial front, the G 20 should send a strong message to restore confidence by resuming as soon as possible the normal flow of goods and services, especially vital doctors, “said the Saudi monarch.

This health situation “requires us to take firm measures at various levels,” he added, recalling that “this pandemic can affect economies, financial markets, trade, and global supply chains, which has hindered development and negatively affected earnings from previous years. ”

G 20 will publish a statement at the end of the meeting

The organization of the G 20 has not given details on the duration of the meeting, at the end of which a statement will be published with the summary of what was discussed in the videoconference, remembering that by “protocol” the meetings are confidential and are not retransmitted.

In addition to the leaders of the G 20, they participate in the meeting was the Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres, and representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other agencies.

The Ministers of Economy and Governors of the Central Banks of the member countries of the G 20 They already had a virtual meeting last Monday.

At that meeting, also completely dedicated to the coronavirus, they committed to developing an action plan to coordinate the response to the disease and the measures to face the economic consequences of the pandemic worldwide.

The G20 is made up of the United States, Russia, China, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Republic of Korea, South Africa and Turkey, as well as by the European Union; Saudi Arabia holds the presidency of the mechanism and Spain is a permanent guest country.

Spain, a permanent guest, and other countries that also attend by invitation, such as Jordan, Singapore and Switzerland, also participate.

With information from EFE