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Thu Mar 26, 2020, 07:40 AM

17. International leaders are standing firm against tRump's policies.

Found on The Guardian UK's rolling coverage page during the night:

The G7 group of wealthy nation has blocked a US attempt to use the phrase “Wuhan virus” in joint statement, according to CNN.

“What the State Department has suggested is a red line,” a European diplomat said. “You cannot agree with this branding of this virus and trying to communicate this.” The proposed draft statement by the United States also blamed China for the pandemic’s spread, the diplomat told CNN.

Although the World Health Organization officially has dubbed the illness Covid-19 or coronavirus, a 12-paragraph draft statement circulated by the US among the G7 ministers referred to it as the “Wuhan virus.”

Because the US holds the presidency for the international coalition -- which also includes the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada -- it was responsible for penning the draft joint statement. As a result, several of the member nations released their own statements following the foreign ministers’ meeting, which was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, the leaders of the G20 major economies will hold an emergency video-conference summit to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, but hopes of a coordinated global response remain low.

This is their separate article on the subject:

G20 to hold emergency video summit to discuss coronavirus
Hopes of coordinated global response are low as countries tackle own national crises

Read it here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/26/g20-hold-emergency-video-summit-discuss-coronavirus


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