“Coordinated efforts will lead to rapid recovery from pandemic”: PM at G20

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This year’s G-20 summit focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the 15th edition of the G20 summit, chaired by Saudi Arabia this year, on Saturday. Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump were among world leaders who joined Prime Minister Modi by video conference to discuss the global impact of the coronavirus pandemic

“We had a very fruitful discussion with the G20 leaders. The coordinated efforts of the world’s largest economies will surely lead to a faster recovery from this pandemic. Thanked Saudi Arabia for hosting the virtual summit,” tweeted Prime Minister Modi. The Prime Minister “called the COVID-19 pandemic an important turning point in human history and the biggest challenge the world has faced since World War II,” according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry. He called for decisive action by the G20, not limited to economic recovery, jobs and trade, but to focus on preserving planet Earth, noting that we are all trustees of the future of the humanity, he added.

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“We have offered India’s IT prowess to further develop the digital facilities for the effective functioning of the G20 … The transparency of our processes helps inspire our societies to fight crises collectively and with confidence. The spirit of guardianship towards planet Earth will inspire us for a healthy and holistic way of life, ”he added.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, host of the two-day summit, in his opening speech, spoke of “affordable and equitable access” to anti-COVID-19 tools, including vaccines in development.

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“While we are optimistic about the progress made in the development of vaccines, therapies and diagnostic tools for Covid-19, we must work to create the conditions for affordable and equitable access to these tools for all”, was he quoted by the TBEN news agency. saying.

“We have a duty to take up the challenge together at this summit and to send a strong message of hope and comfort to our people by adopting policies to alleviate this crisis,” he added.

Speaking of the global economy, severely damaged by the coronavirus pandemic, King Salman called on world leaders to “reopen economies and borders to facilitate the mobility of commerce and people.”

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“We must provide support to developing countries in a coordinated manner to maintain the development already achieved over the past decades,” he added.

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The Department of External Affairs said on Friday that the summit would focus on “an inclusive, resilient and sustainable recovery from COVID-19”.

“During the G20 summit, leaders will discuss pandemic preparedness and ways and means to restore jobs. Leaders will also share their vision of building an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future,” said the ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava.

The prime minister called for a new global index for the post-Corona world that includes four key elements – creating a vast talent pool; ensure that technology reaches all segments of society; Transparency of governance systems; and treating Mother Earth with a spirit of guardianship, the Foreign Ministry said.

With contributions from agencies

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