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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques: International Cooperation and Joint Action are the Optimal Way to Overcome Crises

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
affirmed that the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) proved that the
international cooperation and joint action are the optimal way to
overcome crises.

In his speech during the side event of the G20 Leaders' Summit on
"Pandemic Preparedness and Response", the Custodian of the Two Holy
Mosques said that "we must focus on the most vulnerable groups, as we
will not be able to overcome this pandemic unless we ensure the
availability of the necessary support for all countries of the world. We
would not be safe until everyone is safe."

The following is the full speech of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques:

"Your Majesties, Excellencies, and Highnesses,

Dear participants,

Peace be upon you,

It is our great pleasure to welcome you to this side event
accompanying the G20 Summit on "Pandemic Preparedness and Response".

Today, we face an unprecedented global health challenge on the individuals, the community and the economy.

Since the beginning of the pandemic and within our effort to advance
the wheel and scope of the global response, we met during the
extraordinary summit last March. We took swift and collective measures
to counter this crisis and we all still do it.

The pandemic has proven that the international cooperation and joint
action are the optimal way to overcome the crises. We must focus on the
most vulnerable groups, as we will not be able to overcome this
pandemic unless we ensure the availability of the necessary support for
all countries of the world. We would not be safe until everyone is safe.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia participated last April with a number of
countries and organizations to launch "the Access to COVID-19
Tools-Accelerator" initiative. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also
participated in leading the international efforts to gather donations
with the aim of bridging the financing gap to meet the global need in
order to develop and distribute the vaccines, medicines and diagnostic
tools. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia committed USD500 million to achieve
this goal.

In light of the progress we are witnessing in developing Coronavirus
vaccines, our top priority is to ensure affordable and equitable access
to the vaccines, medicines and diagnostic tools for all.

This pandemic is a real test of our global health systems. During our
presidency of the G20, we have benefited from a number of pivotal
initiatives to address gaps in the preparedness and the response to the
global pandemics.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Presidency of the G20 also proposed,
with the support of the G20 countries, launching initiative to provide
tools for combating pandemics, which aims to ensure the focus on the
preparedness and the response to the future pandemics in a sustainable
manner. We look forward to furthering this discussion and implementation
of this initiative during the Italian presidency next year.

Through our cooperation together, we will be able to achieve our
goal of protecting lives and livelihoods and shaping a better world to
realize the opportunities of the 21st century for all.

In this regard, we will hear a number of initiatives and best
practices in this field from their Majesties, Highnesses and
Excellencies.

Thank you.


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