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Saudi Foreign Minister asserts that opening state borders will revive economy

By Marwa Mahmoud

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan stressed, during an extraordinary an Online meeting of the G20 foreign ministers, that opening international borders in line with health measures and national regulations to combat the spread of Corona infection will help in the recovery of the economy and the prosperity of peoples.

The Foreign Ministry confirmed in a statement on its Twitter account on Thursday that the foreign ministers of the Group of Twenty pledged during their meeting to strengthen international cooperation in response to combating the pandemic.

It also explained that the extraordinary meeting discussed raising the level of preparedness for future crises.

In addition, the meeting ministers stressed on the importance of opening borders, reuniting families and strengthening measures to achieve economic prosperity.

A joint statement issued after the meeting said, “The foreign ministers acknowledged the importance of opening borders, uniting families and promoting measures that allow economies to recover. They also discussed the importance of coordinating precautionary measures across borders to protect lives and businesses.”

It is noteworthy that Saudi Arabia held a hypothetical summit of the leaders of the Group of 20, on March 26, headed by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, to discuss efforts to combat Corona.

King Salman stressed in his speech during the summit at the time that “this pandemic requires everyone to take firm measures at various levels,” adding that this humanitarian crisis requires a global response, and calling for solidarity between countries. “The G20 should send a signal to restore confidence in the global economy,” he said.

This extraordinary summit, which was held in a remote time (via video), brought together the leaders of the twenty economically most powerful countries, along with other countries and several organizations, led by the World Health Organization, to talk about what can be done in the face of the global Corona crisis.