Prince Faisal bin Farhan said, in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency on the occasion of the Kingdom’s presidency and hosting of the G20 leaders’ summit: “Since I assumed the presidency of the Group of Twenty, it has prepared a comprehensive and ambitious program under the guidance of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and with close follow-up and supervision. Direct from Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense.
He pointed out that the program focused on three main axes: empowering people, preserving the planet, and forming new horizons, in order to work to create appropriate conditions that enable people, especially women and youth, to work and prosper.
He explained that the Kingdom has placed at the top of its priorities the protection of lives and the economy from the consequences of the Corona pandemic, and has paid special attention to discussing policies related to individuals with their various interests and areas that affect their lives.
Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah stated that at the beginning of the pandemic, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud called for a virtual summit of leaders of the G20 countries, countries and invited international organizations, to discuss ways to move forward in coordinating global efforts to combat the Corona pandemic, and mitigate The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has provided an amount of 500 million US dollars to support regional and international efforts to fight this pandemic, and mitigate the effects that the world suffers because of it, and this amount included support for the World Health Organization and the Alliance for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. And the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs emphasized that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia seeks to push policy solutions to address the epidemic, and to work with international partners and organizations to achieve these solutions, indicating that the Kingdom has sought, from its responsibility, to mobilize international efforts and hold virtual conferences and meetings at the ministerial level and various communication groups. Believing in the importance of joint international cooperation, to move forward in facing global challenges, and mitigating the effects of crises on the peoples of the whole world.
Prince Faisal bin Farhan pointed out that the foreign ministers of the G20 held their extraordinary meeting in September 2020 under the chairmanship of the Kingdom, in response to what was included in the statement of the leaders of the G20 countries at the extraordinary summit, which included the assignment of our concerned senior officials to coordinate closely to support global efforts to confront the effects of the pandemic. Including taking appropriate measures to manage borders in accordance with national regulations, and providing assistance when needed to return citizens to their countries, which included discussing ways to strengthen international cooperation to recover from the effects of the emerging coronavirus pandemic, and raising the level of preparedness for future crises, as the importance of opening borders and reuniting families was emphasized, And strengthen measures to achieve economic prosperity, while taking into account health and safety measures during the pandemic.
He added that this meeting was followed by a workshop headed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the participation of experts from the G20 countries and the World Health Organization, to exchange developments regarding border management and international travel.
Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah stated that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in coordination with the Saudi Secretariat of the G20 and the Saudi Shraba of the Group of Twenty, contributed to holding many events in a number of different fields, whether within the framework of international organizations or in the member states of the group and the invited countries.
In this context, he indicated that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia presented at the seventy-fifth session of the United Nations General Assembly a resolution entitled (uniting global efforts in the face of global health threats … combating Covid-19), as this decision welcomed the results of the summit and the invitation of the leaders of the twenty countries in the final statement To take effective and coordinated measures to combat this global crisis, the decision also called for intensifying international cooperation and multilateral efforts to fight epidemics, and the decision stressed that global cooperation is necessary to ensure that the negative social, economic, humanitarian and financial impacts of the Coronavirus are addressed in a timely manner and without discrimination.
Prince Faisal bin Farhan explained that the Kingdom took the initiative with brotherly and friendly countries and specialized organizations to take all necessary measures to contain the spread of the Corona pandemic and to ensure the safety of individuals.
The Foreign Minister said: “On the occasion of this summit, I confirm the determination of my country, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to go hand in hand with its international partners to achieve prosperity and development in the world, preserve the security and safety of peoples, and lay the foundations of security, prosperity and stability.”
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