Saudi Arabia Prepares to Host Historic G20 Summit

A group photo of global leaders is projected on the walls of landmarks in Saudi Arabia's Diriyah. (AFP)
A group photo of global leaders is projected on the walls of landmarks in Saudi Arabia's Diriyah. (AFP)
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Saudi Arabia Prepares to Host Historic G20 Summit

A group photo of global leaders is projected on the walls of landmarks in Saudi Arabia's Diriyah. (AFP)
A group photo of global leaders is projected on the walls of landmarks in Saudi Arabia's Diriyah. (AFP)

Riyadh will host on Saturday and Sunday a historic G20 Summit, the first ever to be held in the Arab world and amid Saudi anticipation for reaching international consensus on pressing economic issues.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz will chair the proceedings of the 15th G20 Summit, which will be held virtually due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

World leaders and the heads of international and regional agencies and organizations have been invited to participate.

The summit, the world’s premier economic event, reflects Saudi Arabia’s central role on the regional and international scenes where it is seeking to bolster cooperation with its member state partners to achieve the goals of the G20 in pursuit of global economic stability and prosperity.

The Kingdom’s hosting of the summit will be an opportunity to propose issues that concern the Middle East and North Africa.

The agenda will address economic, financial, social, energy, environment, climate, digital economy, trade, agriculture, health care and education. The summit aims to develop effective policies in order to achieve sustainable and balanced development and provide real job opportunities to raise living conditions throughout the world.

Riyadh has witnessed a flurry of activity ahead of the global event, with working groups holding a series of meetings to tackle pressing economic issues.



Saudi Crown Prince Apologizes for Not Attending G7 Summit in Italy

Saudi Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman
Saudi Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman
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Saudi Crown Prince Apologizes for Not Attending G7 Summit in Italy

Saudi Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman
Saudi Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman

Saudi Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz informed Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni of his inability to attend the Group of Seven (G7) summit on Friday due to Hajj season.
In a cable, the Crown Prince said he won't be able to participate in the summit slated for June 14 in Italy due to his commitments to oversee the annual Hajj season.
The Crown Prince thanked the Italian prime minister for the invitation to participate in the communication session of the G7 summit.
The Prince noted the strength of the relationship between their countries and wished Italian authorities success in hosting the summit.