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G20 Riyadh Summit: Opening Remarks of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
November 21, 2020
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, November 21, 2020 Your Majesties, Your Excellencies, Your Highnesses,
Peace be with you,
We would like to welcome you to the Riyadh Summit, our second summit this year. It is unfortunate that we are unable to host you in-person in Riyadh, due to the exceptional circumstances that we are all facing this year. Still, we are delighted to see you all today, and we thank you for your participation .
This has been an extraordinary year. The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented shock that affected the entire world within a short period of time, causing global economic and social losses. Our peoples and economies are still suffering from this shock. However, we will do our best to overcome this crisis through international cooperation.
We have a duty to rise to the challenge together during this summit and give a strong message of hope and reassurance to our peoples through adopting policies to mitigate this crisis.
The theme of our Presidency is Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century for All. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to adjust our focus rapidly to face its repercussions, the subject areas under this general theme, namely: Empowering People, Safeguarding the Planet, and Shaping New Frontiers, remain essential to overcome this global challenge and shape a better future for our people.
In the near future, we must address the vulnerabilities exposed by COVID-19, while working to protect lives and livelihoods.
Beyond that, we need to continue laying the basic foundations for a robust, sustainable, and inclusive growth.
The G20 leaders met for the first time twelve years ago in response to the financial crisis. The outcomes achieved are ample proof that the G20 is the most prominent forum for international cooperation and for tackling global crises.
Today, we are working together again to face another, deeper global crisis, that has ravaged people and economies.
With our coming together once more, I am confident that the Riyadh Summit will deliver significant and decisive results and will lead to adopting economic and social policies that will restore hope and reassurance to the people of the world.
May peace be with you.
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Source: Official microsite of the G20 Riyadh Summit
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