Erdogan says outcome of G20 is firm stance against terrorism

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says one of most important outcomes from G20 Summit is countries’ taking firm stance against terrorism

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seen holding a press conference at the end of the G20 Summit in Antalya province of Turkey.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that one of the most important outcomes from the G20 Summit was countries putting forward a firm stance to combat terrorism, during his speech on Monday at the end of the two-day event held in Turkey.

Turkey hosted world leaders and heads of top economic organisations for the G20 Summit in country's southern Antalya province on Nov.15-16.

Starting his speech with condemning the recent terror attacks in Paris, Erdogan said that "Terrorism has no religion, ethnicity, nationality or region and it is an insult against humanity to link terrorism with any religion," emphasizing that Turkey would continue its fight against the PKK, DAESH, the PYD, and other threats with equal determination.  

"We know what terrorism is, having faced it since the 1970s. We are more than ready to cooperate with our international friends to combat terrorism," Erdogan said.

Erdogan also added that Muslim leaders of the G20 said they would assume their responsibility in the fight against DAESH.

"The conflicts and instability in different regions of the world have a direct impact on all of us. We have a number of failed states just as Syria and we have been deeply feeling the impact of tragedy in Syria since the very beginning," he said.

He listed the priorities for a post-conflict Syria as, preserving the country’s integrity; wiping out terrorism; and establishing a democratic and legitimate political structure.

“These regional issues - mainly refugees and terrorism - cannot be resolved unless a solution is agreed and accepted by all who live in Syria,” Erdogan said.

He also called for an effective international cooperation to resolve the war and referring to the refugees he added, "They are victims.There is no hope for those people to go back to their homes."

Turkish president also said that the Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad would never have a role in his country’s future.

"Assad, who has been slaughtering his own people, has no place in the future of Syria and never will have," Erdogan said.

With regard to the economic matters, Erdogan said, "As we cannot overlook the factors related to stability, without ensuring global peace and stability, we cannot talk about a strong global economy. Accordingly, we discussed the issues of terrorism and the refugee crisis in addition to financial matters during the summit." 

The 10th G20 summit ended with world leaders promising to ensure "robust and inclusive growth" and create more jobs.

The leaders of the world’s 20 leading economies met to "determine further collective actions towards achieving strong, sustainable and balanced growth to raise the prosperity of our people," they said in their final statement.

Accordingly, Erdogan said "We are aiming to reduce youth unemployment by 15 percent by 2025 and the gender gap too will be reduced by 25 percent within that time frame.’’

Erdogan also said that the leaders discussed the impact of a possible interest rate hike by the Fed in the world's largest economy, the US.   

"We said that central banks have to continue their economic support especially in developing countries. We noted also that public finance policies have to focus on long-term stability growth. Growth strategies have to be implemented effectively in order to reach an additional 2.1 percent growth rate by 2018," he said.

TRTWorld and agencies