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Saudi Arabia to host G20 summit in 2020

In this IMF handout, the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors pose for a formal family photo at IMF Headquarters during the 2019 IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings 12 April, 2019 in Washington, DC [Stephen Jaffe/IMF via Getty Images]
In this IMF handout, the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors pose for a formal family photo at IMF Headquarters during the 2019 IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings 12 April, 2019 in Washington, DC [Stephen Jaffe/IMF via Getty Images]

Saudi Arabia will be hosting the G20 summit next year, state news agency SPA said WednesdayAnadolu reports.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will host the 15th annual G20 Leaders’ Summit on Nov. 21 and 22, 2020 in the capital city, Riyadh,” it said.

It said next year’s summit will be the first to be hosted by an Arab country.

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The summit’s agenda will include financial, economic and social issues including energy, the environment, climate, the digital economy, trade, agriculture, healthcare, education and labour.

The G20 consists of Germany, the US, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Indonesia, France, South Africa, South Korea, India, the UK, Italy, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the European Union.

Since Mohammed Bin Salman became crown prince of Saudi in June 2017, the kingdom has since a rise in its international profile.

MBS, as he has become known, gained notoriety by heading the country’s war in Yemen which has come under intense criticism as the campaign devastated Yemen’s infrastructure, including its health and sanitation systems, prompting the UN to describe the situation there as “one of the worst humanitarian disasters of modern times”.

Though international bodies have called for international government to cut ties with Saudi Arabia, the US, under President Donald Trump, have cosied up to the oil-rich state and turned a blind eye to its abuses of power.

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