G20 summit comes to close in Turkey

G20 leaders in Turkey vow to fight against terrorism, ensure more robust, inclusive economic growth in joint statement as summit comes to close

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Updated Nov 17, 2015

World leaders have stressed the fight against terrorism, border controls and more sharing of intelligence on Monday, at the end of the two-day G20 summit in Turkey.

The G20 leaders vowed to crackdown on terrorist financing, in the wake of the deadly Paris attacks and Ankara bombings. The threat posed by DAESH far beyond its stronghold in Syria and Iraq, overshadowed the two-day summit, which took place just 500 km (310 miles) from Syria.

US President Barack Obama, speaking at the end of the G20 meetings, said the coordinated attacks in the French capital were a setback in the fight against DAESH, but that deploying US troops on the ground in Syria to combat them "would be a mistake."

"ISIL is the face of evil," Obama told a news conference, describing the attacks as a "terrible and sickening" setback but adding that progress to degrade the group is being made.

"Tragically, Paris is not alone. We've seen outrageous attacks by ISIL in Beirut, last month in Ankara, routinely in Iraq. Here at the G20, our nations have sent an unmistakable message, that we are united against this threat," he said.

Worried about the "acute and growing flow of foreign terrorist fighters", G20 leaders agreed to step up border controls and aviation security, according to a joint statement that underlined a rare departure from their traditional focus on the global economy.  

"This is the first time the G20 has actually gone into this sort of detail ... There was a real sense of solidarity between everyone present," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said.

Prime Minister David Cameron said he wanted Britain to also conduct air strikes against DAESH but still needed to convince more lawmakers to support such action, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that, fight against terrorism could not be won with military force alone.

"We reaffirm our solidarity and resolve in the fight against terrorism in all its forms and wherever it occurs," according to a joint statement.

"We unequivocally condemn all acts, methods and practices of terrorism, which cannot be justified under any circumstances, regardless of their motivation, in all their forms and manifestations, wherever and by whom so ever committed. We reaffirm that terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilisation or ethnic group."

The G20 leaders also reiterated their "resolve to work together to prevent and suppress terrorist acts through increased international solidarity and cooperation, in full recognition of the UN’s central role, and in accordance with UN Charter and obligations under international law, including international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law, as well as through the full implementation of the relevant international conventions, UN Security Council Resolutions and the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy."

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warned against conflating the refugee crisis with the threat from global terrorism, saying to do so would be to undermine a humanitarian responsibility.

"Terrorism has no religion, ethnicity, nationality or region," he said, adding that Turkey would continue its fight against PKK, DAESH, PYD, and other threats with equal determination.  


World leaders promise economic growth

The 10th G20 summit ended Monday in Turkey’s southern Antalya province, 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.

"We are firm in our resolve to ensure growth is robust and inclusive and delivers more and better quality jobs. We recognise that advancing inclusive growth and entrenching confidence require the use of all policy tools and strong engagement with all stakeholders."  

TRTWorld and agencies