The mayor of Paris boycotts a summit organized by Riyadh in...

Posted in: 30/09/2020 – 21:39

                Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo boycotted participation in the G20 largest city summit that Riyadh is organizing virtually.  A source close to Hidalgo told AFP that Hidalgo's refusal to participate was an expression of her support for the activist Loujain Al-Hathloul, imprisoned in Saudi Arabia.             

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo decided to boycott the summit of the largest G20 cities organized by Riyadh via video technology, expressing her support for the Saudi activist Loujain Al-Hathloul Arrested in Saudi Arabia.

The French News Agency quoted a source close to Hidalgo as saying that it “informed the organizers not to participate” in this hypothetical summit, which began Wednesday and continues for three days.

The municipality of Paris declared the women’s rights activist an honorary citizen in 2019.

The source added that the coincidence of “the second anniversary of the horrific assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on October 2,” and the holding of the summit, constituted another incentive for the boycott. But he made it clear that the decision “does not reconsider Paris’ affiliation with the ‘U-20’.”

And New York Mayor Bill de Blasio also informed him that he would not join the virtual summit.

France 24 / AFP


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