[size=36]Saudi Arabia for the first time chairs the G20[/size]
handles Saudi Arabia today for the first time the presidency of the Group of Twenty for a year, while the group is likely diplomats lend a hand to Riyadh to help them overcome their problems and turn more thorny issues.
Saudi Arabia's new foreign minister, Faisal bin Farhan, a prince with diplomatic experience in the West, arrived in the Japanese city of Nagoya on Friday for the G20 summit.
Diplomats say the G20 could help Riyadh overcome its problems and push it to close more thorny issues such as the Yemen war and Qatar boycott, before the kingdom hosts its first summit of leaders in November 2020.
A diplomatic source said there was a clear lull in the Yemeni conflict over the weeks. "Saudi airstrikes that kill civilians will not be a great backdrop for hosting the G20" and will not be on the same track as the Kingdom's openness message.
Prince Faisal will take over the chairmanship of the group on Saturday in Nagoya, where G20 foreign ministers will meet for their talks.
Diplomats said Saudi Arabia planned to hold more than a dozen G20 summits throughout the year on tourism, agriculture, energy, the environment and the digital economy.
The G20 was formed as a means of responding to financial crises in the 1990s, comprising 19 countries plus the European Union, representing two-thirds of the world's population and more than 58% of world output.