At international donors conference, Netanyahu pledges $60 million to fight coronavirus

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledges $60 million (about NIS 210 million) at an international donors conference geared at raising funds to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

“I am confident that Israel’s leading research institutions, its world renowned scientists and our unique culture of innovation can enable us to play an important role in advancing solutions on all three fronts,” he says in a pre-recorded message to the virtual event “Coronavirus Global Response,” which was initiated by the European Union, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Norway and Saudi Arabia, which currently holds the presidency of the G20.

“We hope to work with other countries to leverage our unique capabilities to find solutions for the benefit of all,” Netanyahu adds.

Other regional leaders who addressed the event included Jordan’s King Abdullah, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Saudi Health Minister Tawfig AlRabiah, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

No one from the US participated.

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