In opening remarks, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, which hosted the virtual two-day meeting, applauded initiatives by G-20 nations to invest $21 billion in global efforts to combat the pandemic and $11 trillion to bolster the global economy.
In a statement, the White House said Trump highlighted to his fellow world leaders at the G-20 summit that the US had "marshaled every resource at its disposal to respond to the crisis". "But there can be no efficient response to this pandemic if it is not global, coordinated and based on solidarity".
He also said in a virtual interview on the sidelines of the G20 Leaders Summit on Saturday that the kingdom, along with the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, was continuing to seek a way to end a dispute with Qatar, although they continued to want to address legitimate security concerns. The United States tops the list, followed by India, Brazil, France, Russia, Spain, the UK, Argentina and Italy, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.
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Meanwhile, Bolsonaro, who spent months downplaying the severity of the virus while deaths mounted rapidly inside Brazil, said in a video message ahead of the summit that cooperation within the G-20 is key to overcoming the pandemic. Governments have reimposed lockdowns and curfews.
The leaders also recognized the specific challenges faced by countries in Africa and small island developing states, reflecting growing recognition that even some middle-income countries may need debt relief as a result of the pandemic.
"From the very beginning, we have emphasized that we should take care of people's health and of the economy at the same time".
However, G20 leaders face mounting pressure to help stave off possible credit defaults across developing nations. "Time has proven us right", he said. The G20 should respect the World Health Organization (WHO) and create a global mechanism coping with pandemics.More news: NBA’s Raptors denied permission to play in Canada, head to Tampa
Macron said in his remarks that the G-20 faces a "historical responsibility that requires us to move towards uniting global efforts to ensure an effective worldwide response to this crisis", noting that with studies indicating a vaccine could be available in the coming months, the world must ensure equal distribution of a shot.
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