King Salman calls Turkey’s president ahead of G20 summit

RIYADH: A virtual “family photo” of G20 heads of state was displayed on the walls of historic Salwa Palace in Diriyah at a cultural dinner for media delegates, guests and envoys hosted by the G20 Saudi Secretariat.

The dinner, hosted in the presence of Dr. Majid Al-Qasabi, chief of the G20 media committee, and Ahmed Al-Khateeb, the Saudi tourism minister, was also an opportunity to showcase the Kingdom’s heritage, which will be used as a platform to launch the two-day Riyadh summit.

Individual photos of the G20 leaders were joined together with King Salman at the center, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to his right, and Japan’s new PM, Yoshihide Suga, to his left.

The “family photo” is an annual tradition that highlights member states’ commitment to work together via a series of agreements signed by the leaders.

Coronavirus restrictions mean the G20 summit will be hosted virtually, setting the foundations for a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable recovery from the pandemic.

The main theme of this year’s presidency is “Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century for All.”

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