Named “Extraordinary Virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit” with the Group of 20 economies (G20) on Thursday, the session is to discuss a global response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to News18.
King Salman will chair the meeting to advance a coordinated global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its human and economic implications,” said a statement released by Riyadh early Wednesday.
Saudi Arabia, which currently holds the G20 presidency, last week called for the “virtual summit” to address the global crisis.
The G20 members will be joined by leaders from other affected countries including India, Spain, Jordan, Singapore and Switzerland.
Leaders from international organisations such as the United Nations, World Bank, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) will also participate.
France and China on Tuesday supported the idea as the global toll from COVID-19 had surged close to 16,000 and over 1.7 billion people were confined to their homes.
The announcement of the summit comes as fears grow that the virus-wracked world economy will plunge into recession, which means a minimum of two successive quarters of economic contraction.
Saudi Arabia itself has reported 767 coronavirus infections and one death.
The Saudi presidency is set to see it host world leaders for a summit in Riyadh from November 21 to 22.