Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz hailed on Sunday the “spirit of cooperation” among the leaders of the G20 group, which he said is necessary to face the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We were able to reaffirm the spirit of cooperation that has always been the cornerstone of the G20 successes. This spirit is necessary today more than ever to face the impacts of this pandemic and to build a prosperous future for the people of the world,” he said in closing remarks at the G20 Leaders Summit.
“We have upheld our commitment to continue to work together to rise to the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to safeguard lives and livelihoods and protect the most vulnerable groups,” he added.
He also said that the G20 leaders have adopted important policies for the recovery of their economies and to maintain the momentum to make the global trade system work for all, and create the conditions to achieve sustainable growth.
The G20 succeeded in sending out a message of hope and reassurance to people around the world through the Final Communique of the Riyadh Summit, he said.
“This achievement today is a culmination of our joint efforts throughout this challenge-fraught year.”
“Our joint and individual actions will be critical in overcoming the immediate global challenge we are facing. Looking forward, through Empowering People, Safeguarding the Planet, and Shaping New Frontiers, we will work on laying the foundations to achieve the main theme of our Presidency: Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century for All,” said the King.
“Due to its unique stature regionally and internationally, and its unique location which interconnects three continents and lies at the intersection of emerging and developed markets, the Kingdom will continue to play a key role within the G20 to achieve global cooperation and find solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges of the 21st century, in collaboration with our partners in the G20 and other countries,” he added.
At the end of his closing remarks, King Salman passed the responsibility of the 2021 G20 Presidency to Italy, wishing it success and expressing willingness to provide support in any possible way.