Missing links: Trump goes golfing in middle of G20 summit

Missing links: Trump goes golfing in middle of G20 summit

The Saudi G20 Presidency shared what is being called a "family photo" of the leaders ahead of the virtual summit that's been projected on the walls of a UNESCO World Heritage Site near Saudi Arabia's capital.

High on the agenda of the G20 meeting are purchases and global distribution of vaccines, drugs and tests for low-income countries that can not afford such expenses themselves.

European nations in the G20 will also seek fresh impetus to the stalled reform of the World Trade Organization, hoping to capitalize on the upcoming change of USA administration.

"In the near future we must address the vulnerabilities exposed by covid-19 by working to protect lives and livelihoods", he said.

Three G-20 leaders participating in the summit have been infected by the coronavirus this year: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Trump tweeted several more times amid the G-20 summit, including on tweet claiming there would be "big voter fraud information coming out concerning Georgia".

The gathering brought backlash from Saudi and worldwide human rights groups - as well as some USA and European lawmakers - calling on world leaders to boycott or downgrade their representation over the kingdom's abuses, including jailings of women activists and the killing of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in 2018. "Time has proven us right", he said.

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The Turkish leader is due to address the summit via video link at 1300 GMT. Erdogan was scheduled to speak at the summit on Saturday.

The Hill reports that Trump's public schedule shows he's to attend another G-20 session Sunday morning.

While G-20 countries have contributed billions of dollars toward developing a vaccine for the virus, they have also mostly focused on securing their own vaccine supplies.

Members are expected to finalize a framework for providing poor nations debt-relief, alongside continuing discussions for financing covid-19 vaccine collaborations.

With progress being made in developing a vaccine, King Salman said G-20 countries "must work to create the conditions for affordable and equitable access to these tools for all peoples".

Guterres called on G-20 nations to join the global initiative to distribute vaccines worldwide, called COVAX.

Under Trump, the United States pulled out of the Paris Agreement on fighting climate change, but the decision is likely to be reversed by president-elect Joe Biden.

"I am confident that the Riyadh summit will deliver significant and decisive results and will lead to adopting economic and social policies that will restore hope and reassurance to the people of the world, " King Salman said. The UN secretary general, however, has called on the G-20 to extend debt repayments through the end of 2021 and expand the scope to middle-income countries in need.

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