Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he would renew his call for a safe zone in Syria during the upcoming G-20 Summit which will be held in Antalya province of Turkey, speaking to CNN International channel on Thursday.
Reminding that Turkey lifts a heavy burden over the refugee crisis by spending more than $8 billion of its own resources on more than 2 million Syrian refugees in the country, Erdogan said ‘’What would happen if those over 2 million refugees walked towards Europe?’’
Erdogan also said that if other countries did not accept the solution of ‘’the safe zone,’’ Turkey would put its alternative plans into action for a settlement.
Accordingly, the war in Syria and the growing refugee numbers will be one of the highly important matters to be put on the table during the G-20 meeting.
Erdogan said that at the summit he would also hold face-to-face talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin about the solution of war in Syria and voice his security concerns about the military actions of Russia in the region.
Erdogan: G-20 Summit in Antalya to be most productive and dynamic one
With respect to the upcoming meeting, Erdogan said on Thursday that the nearing G-20 Summit will be the most productive and dynamic one ever organized so far.
The Antalya Summit, starting on Nov. 15, will be hosted and led by President Erdogan who holds the rotating presidency of the summit in 2015.
Erdogan said that Turkey made elaborate preparations for the guests of the major event and assured that ‘’the guests will find a very different atmosphere in Antalya, which they will never forget.’’
He also added that all major international topics, mainly the climate change, the terrorism and the global economy will be discussed at the summit in Antalya.
Erdogan noted that a number of thirty-five different groups including Turkey, the European Union, 20 countries and various international organizations will come together during the meeting.
“I believe that the Antalya Summit’s conclusion statement will be a comprehensive one, which will often be referred to in next G-20 meetings and it will create a roadmap for the future summits,’’ Erdogan added.