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G-20 Summit Opens as Leaders Urge United Response to Virus

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President Donald Trump is among those expected to participate in the closed-door virtual sessions that are taking place Saturday and Sunday.

Posted: Nov 21, 2020 10:00 AM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Group of 20 summit has begun with appeals by the world’s most powerful leaders to collectively chart a way forward as the coronavirus pandemic overshadows this year’s gathering, transforming it from in-person meetings to a virtual gathering of speeches and declarations.

The pandemic, which has claimed more than 1.37 million lives worldwide, has offered the G-20 an opportunity to prove how such bodies can facilitate international cooperation in crises — but has also underscored their shortcomings.

President Donald Trump is among those expected to participate in the closed-door virtual sessions that are taking place Saturday and Sunday.

The Saudi monarch urged leaders to “rise to the challenge together".

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