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G20 Summit to begin today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending the 15th G20 Summit chaired by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the theme "Realising the Opportunities of 21st Century for All" on 21-22 November 2020.

When you look at it, you can see that one leader has a bit more space around them than the others and that's Trudeau.

In this context, 46 low-income countries have benefited from the measures taken by the G20 to confront the Covid-19, as the virus had extensive negative effects on all countries and individuals around the world.

As the trailblazing event got under way, there were some early quirks, with someone heard telling the king that "the whole world is watching" before the event started, Chinese President Xi Jinping apparently having to call for technical help, and French President Emmanuel Macron chatting to an aide off camera.

Justin Trudeau's G20 "family photo" pose really has him standing out from the other world leaders.

Significantly, G20 is leading the fight against this global pandemic; taking swift and unprecedented actions to protect lives, livelihoods and the most vulnerable.

But the group's leaders face mounting pressure to help stave off possible credit defaults across developing nations.

Trump, who continues to reject his election loss, took part Friday in an Asia-Pacific summit.

Ahead of the summit, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she hoped the United States would adopt a more multilateralist stance under Biden.

Guterres, however, called on the G-20 to extend debt repayments through the end of 2021 and expand the scope to middle-income countries in need.

International Monetary Fund managing director Kristalina Georgieva has warned that the global economy faces a hard road back from the Covid-19 downturn even as vaccines are now in sight.

World leaders will spend most of their time discussing global efforts for a large-scale roll out of Covid-19 vaccines after a breakthrough in trials, and address the need to plug a $4.5 billion funding gap in the so-called ACT-Accelerator - a programme that promotes an equitable distribution of the vaccines. The World Health Organization says more cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the past four weeks than in the first six months of the pandemic.

Key among them are the siblings of jailed activist Loujain al-Hathloul, on hunger strike for more than 20 days demanding regular family contact.

"Investors are not journalists, investors are looking for countries where they can place their trust in an effective government that has proper economic decision making", he said.

"Time has proven us right", he said.

Saudi Arabia's human rights record has overshadowed the event.

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