Published: Sat, November 21, 2020

Turkish, Saudi leaders speak by phone ahead of G20 summit

Turkish, Saudi leaders speak by phone ahead of G20 summit

"Coordinated efforts by the largest economies of the world will surely lead to faster recovery from this pandemic", he said in a tweet.

Despite having to abandon much of the usual summit pageantry, Saudi Arabia launched the meeting with an aerial acrobatics display over Riyadh. Our peoples and economies are still suffering from this shock.

The case has sparked an worldwide outcry and tarnished the global reputation of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman known as MBS.

He said Turkey is in favour of fair share of global growth within the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules but demanded a reform process of WTO.

The G20 nations have already contributed over $21 billion to combat the pandemic.

World leaders will spend most of their time discussing global efforts for a large-scale roll out of Covid-19 vaccines after a breakthrough in trials, and address the need to plug a $4.5 billion funding gap in the so-called ACT-Accelerator - a programme that promotes an equitable distribution of the vaccines.

With Saudi hopes for a grand coming-out parade dashed due to the pandemic, the event is reduced to brief online sessions of what observers call "digital diplomacy".

Furthermore, Jubeir said that Saudi Arabia has exerted great effort to empower society, invest in technology and communicate with the world in confronting the pandemic.

The G20 leaders met for the first time 12 years ago in response to the financial crisis.

To help finance the fight again climate change, the European Union will push for the G20 to agree on common global standards on what constitutes "green" investment.

The two-day meeting will take place via video conference, with speeches expected from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

The nations both face the prospect of a tougher time with the next US administration of Joe Biden, after enjoying strong backing from Donald Trump during his presidency.

Ahead of the summit, Erdogan spoke with King Salman by phone, the president's office said on Saturday.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz called Erdogan on Friday to discuss the summit as well as overall ties, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.

"President Erdogan and King Salman agreed on keeping channels of dialogue open in order for the bilateral relations to be enhanced and for issues to be settled", the presidency said.

The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development projects global economic output will contract by 4.5 percent this year. This is an important multilateral diplomatic activity of Vietnam this year, while the country assumes role as ASEAN Chair in 2020 and a non-permanent member seat of the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 term.

The focus of the leaders in this summit will be on the COVID-19 recovery plan. "The UK has committed to equitable global access for any vaccine, and I would like to see the G20 nations collectively step up and support that effort". "Thanked Saudi Arabia for hosting the Virtual Summit", PM Modi tweeted.

Ahead of the summit, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she hoped the USA would adopt a more multilateralist stance under Biden.

"We expect, of course, new momentum from the new USA administration on this issue, thanks to the president-elect's declaration that the USA would join the Paris Agreement once again", European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said.

The family of Loujain al-Hathloul, a jailed Saudi women's rights defender believed by her relatives and advocacy organizations to be on hunger strike, has called on the G20 to demand that Saudi Arabia release the prominent activist.

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