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World needs coordinated efforts for fast Covid recovery: PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday attended the 15th edition of the G20 Summit, chaired by Saudi Arabia this year. Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump were among the world leaders who joined PM Modi via video conferencing to discuss global impact of the coronavirus pandemic

“Had a very fruitful discussion with G20 leaders. Coordinated efforts by the largest economies of the world will surely lead to faster recovery from this pandemic. Thanked Saudi Arabia for hosting the Virtual Summit,” PM Modi tweeted.

The Prime Minister “termed the COVID-19 pandemic as an important turning point in the history of humanity and the biggest challenge the world is facing since the World War II,” a statement by the foreign ministry said. He called for decisive action by G20, not limited to economic recovery, jobs and trade, but to focus on preserving Planet Earth noting that all of us are trustees of humanity’s future, it added.

“We offered India’s IT prowess to further develop digital facilities for efficient functioning of the G20… Transparency in our processes helps in inspiring our societies to fight crisis collectively and with confidence. Spirit of trusteeship towards planet Earth will inspire us for a healthy and holistic lifestyle,” he added in his tweet.

PM Modi also called for a new Global Index for the post-Covid World that comprises four key elements – creation of a vast talent pool; ensuring that technology reaches all segments of the society; transparency in systems of governance; and dealing with the planet with a spirit of trusteeship.

Noting that ‘Work from Anywhere’ is a new normal in the post-Covid world, the Prime Minister also suggested creation of a G20 Virtual Secretariat as a follow up and documentation repository.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, the host of the two-day summit, in his opening remarks, talked about “affordable and equitable access” to anti-COVID-19 tools, including vaccines in development.

Talking about the global economy, severely damaged by the coronavirus pandemic, King Salman appealed to the world leaders to “reopen economies and borders to facilitate the mobility of trade and people.”

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