Saudi Arabia hands over G20 chairmanship to Italy

07:07, 23 November 2020
Saudi Arabia hands over G20 chairmanship to Italy Photo: G20 Leaders' Summit/XinHua/Global Look Press

King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud officially handed over the chairmanship of the G20 to Italy on November 22.

At the final meeting of the G20 summit, the Saudi king wished Italy every success in chairing the G20 event next year.

Saudi Arabia will continue to play a vital role in the G20 to find solutions. We will work within the G20 to empower people and save our planet, the king noted.

Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud added that Riyadh has fully met its commitments to combat the coronavirus pandemic. According to the king, Saudi Arabia has conveyed a message of confidence and hope to the peoples of the world.

G20 leaders met in virtual format to address the way forward how to tackle together the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, finance the development and deployment of a vaccine as well as continue the support to citizens and businesses struggling to cope with the aftermath of the pandemic, the European Council reported.

The forum of the world's leading powers, known as the G20, has existed since 1999. It includes 19 sovereign states (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, the UK, Germany, India, Italy, Indonesia, Canada, China, Mexico, Russia, the US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Republic of Korea, Japan) and the European Union as a separate member.

World Health Organization (WHO) special COVID-19 envoy David Nabarro said Europe would face the third wave of coronavirus pandemic in early 2021 before a vaccine can be introduced, reported earlier.