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G-20 to consider debt freeze extension for poorest countries

But finance ministers stop short of taking concrete measures

Mohammed al-Jadaan, Saudi Arabia's finance minister, wears a protective mask as he attends a virtual meeting of G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on July 18.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON/DUBAI (Reuters) -- Finance officials from the Group of 20 countries on Saturday called for all official bilateral creditors to implement fully a short-term debt freeze for the world's poorest countries, but stopped short of extending the initiative into next year.

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