Saudi King Calls For Reopening Economies, Borders To Facilitate Trade, Mobility Of People

RIYADH, Nov 22 (NNN-XINHUA) – Saudi King, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, called for supporting global economy and reopening economies and borders, to facilitate trade and mobility of people.

King Salman made the remarks, during his opening speech in the virtual 15th Group of 20 (G20) Leaders’ Summit, where he highlighted support for developing countries in a coordinated manner, to maintain what has already been achieved over the past decades.

In addition, he called for promoting access to opportunity for all, especially women and youth, to enhance their roles in society and in the job market.

On COVID-19, the King stressed the role of international cooperation to overcome the crisis, which “has been an unprecedented shock that affected the entire world, within a short period of time.”

The Saudi G20 presidency hosted an extraordinary leaders’ meeting, to reduce the COVID-19 impact in Mar, where they agreed to allocate 21 billion U.S. dollars, to support global efforts to combat the pandemic, and 11 trillion dollars to support individuals and businesses.

In addition, the G20 also approved the Debt Service Suspension Initiative in Apr, to address the immediate liquidity needs of low-income countries, to ensure their ability to focus all resources available on fighting the pandemic.

In the near future, “we must address the vulnerabilities exposed by COVID-19, while working to protect lives and livelihoods,” said King Salman.

He expressed optimism about the progress made in developing vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics tools for COVID-19, emphasising the essentiality of creating the conditions for affordable and equitable access to these tools for all peoples.

The two-day G20 Leaders’ Summit, brings together heads of state or government from 19 countries and the European Union, as well as, leaders of guest countries and representatives of invited regional and international organisations, to discuss global economic cooperation.

The Summit marks the end of the Saudi G20 Presidency that started in Dec, 2019.– NNN-XINHUA