New Delhi: As the G-20 virtual summit is all set to be held via video conference on Thursday to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said he is looking forward to a productive session in the G-20 summit. He also said that the G-20 plays important global role in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Also Read - FM Sitharaman Asks G-20 to Take Steps to Revive Growth, Create Reforms

“The #G20 has an important global role to play in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. I look forward to productive discussions tomorrow at the #G20VirtualSummit, being coordinated by the Saudi G20 Presidency,” PM Modi said. Also Read - Sensex Ends Lower as Trade Frictions Haunt G-20 Meet; Logs Weekly Gains

On Thursday, leaders from the group comprising 19 industrialised countries and the European Union will through video conferencing discuss the global coronavirus crisis to develop an action plan.

Notably, Saudi Arabia this time is chairing the emergency virtual summit of G-20 to establish coordinated efforts to tackle the novel coronavirus pandemic that has claimed nearly 19,000 lives across the globe.

After facing criticism for not taking any action as global forum, Saudi Arabia, which currently holds the G20 presidency, last week called for the ‘virtual summit’.

“The Saudi G20 Presidency has set the date of the extraordinary virtual Leaders’ Summit for Thursday, March 26. King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud will chair the meeting to advance a coordinated global response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its human and economic implications,” an official statement said on Wednesday.

Leaders from G20 nations such as Italy, Spain, Jordan, Singapore, and Switzerland will join the summit through video conferencing.

As per updates, other top international organisations such as the UN, the World Bank, the WHO, the World Trade Organisation, the IMF and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will also participate in the summit.

In Saudi Arabia, the number of coronavirus cases have gone up to 767 with one COVID-19 death reported so far, according to Worldometer, a website which compiles COVID-19 cases.

The number of coronavirus cases in India has crossed 600 on Wednesday with 10 COVID-19 deaths reported so far.