His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, participated in the closing session of the G20 summit in Riyadh, hosted virtually by Saudi Arabia under the patronage of the King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Guardian of the two holy mosques. The theme of the Summit was “Realizing the Opportunities of the 21st Century for All”.
The UAE delegation that attended the virtual G20 summit in Riyadh included Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and a number of ministers.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum thanked King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud for hosting an exceptional virtual summit. Sheikh Mohammed underlined the key role of Saudi Arabia in promoting international efforts to find solutions to major global challenges.
Sheikh Mohammed commended Saudi Arabia’s efforts under the leadership of the Guardian of the Two Holy Mosques and the follow-up of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to implement the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which is aligned with the main goals of the G20 to achieve macroeconomic stability and sustainable development, empowerment of women, support of human capital and facilitation of trade and investment flows.
Sheikh Mohammed stressed the importance of discussing global collective action to address the current challenges facing the world, including the COVID-19 pandemic. He also underlined the importance of exploring ways to enhance cooperation among G20 member states for the benefit of humanity by accelerating development opportunities in the post-pandemic phase.
“Cooperation is an existential necessity for humanity because we share the same destiny,” said Sheikh Mohammed. Common global issues such as climate change, low cost education, and food and water security, to name a few, must be tackled by the global community with unwavering determination, ”added Sheikh Mohammed. .
Sheikh Mohammed said the UAE continues to have a clear and coherent stance on global cooperation and will support all international efforts to overcome the challenges facing the world. He underscored the UAE’s full commitment to support all efforts to promote the well-being of humanity, especially efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic which has hampered global development.
Sheikh Mohammed had hoped to welcome the G20 leaders to the Dubai Expo, which is scheduled to open in October next year. “The UAE looks forward to welcoming you to the Expo next year, which will see the participation of over 190 countries,” Sheikh Mohammed concluded.
Sessions on the first day of the Virtual Summit focused on pandemic preparedness and response; and build an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future.
The UAE participated in the summit along with G20 member countries. Guest heads of state and representatives of international organizations, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Financial Stability Board (FSB), the International Labor Organization (ILO ), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization were present at the summit for economic cooperation and development (OECD), the United Nations (UN), the World Bank Group (WBG), the World health (WHO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).