King Salman urges coordinated G20 response to coronavirus crisis

Jeddah: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman urged G20 leaders on Thursday to take firm measures and “effective and coordinated” action to combat the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Saudi Arabia, which holds the G20 presidency this year, called an extraordinary meeting to discuss global efforts to deal with the coronavirus crisis, which has infected nearly 500,000 people and claimed more than 21,000 lives.

Chairing the virtual meeting with the leaders of the group via video, the king said the nations in the bloc also needed to assist developing nations and fund research into finding a vaccine against the virus.

“It is our responsibility to extend a helping hand to developing countries and least developed countries to enable them to build their capacities and improve their infrastructure to overcome this crisis and its repercussions,”the king said.

“This crisis requires a global response, and the world is counting on us to cooperate and work together to face it.

“We must also strengthen the global preparedness to counter infectious diseases that may spread in the future.”

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