Saudis will host ‘virtual G20’ summit on November due to COVID-19 pandemic

Saudis will host ‘virtual G20’ summit on November due to COVID-19 pandemic
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[Ed. – Six months ago this seemed like a no-brainer for global leadership gatherings with big delegations and media contingents.  May be overkill at this point, but understandably the Saudis don’t want to court follow-on reporting about bad numbers – or see many of the G20 leaders decline to come out of social-pressure fears over the virus.]

Saudi Arabia said Monday it will hold the G20 summit virtually in November, instead of having leaders of the world’s richest nations converge on Riyadh as planned before the coronavirus crisis.

The pandemic has forced all the group’s meetings to be held by videoconference since March. …

“The 2020 G20 Leaders’ Summit will be held virtually on November 21-22 and will be chaired by His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud,” the Kingdom said in a statement.

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