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Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) shakes hands with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Antalya, Turkey

British Prime Minister David Cameron, India’s Narendra Modi arrive in Turkey to attend the G20 summit….reports Asian Lite News

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) shakes hands with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Antalya, Turkey
Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) shakes hands with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Antalya, Turkey

The European Union calls on member countries of the G20 Summit in Turkey to respond to the threat of terrorism after the tragic events in Paris, European Council President Donald Tusk stated in his letter to French President Francois Hollande.

“We will demand that world leaders meeting in the G20 in Antalya respond to the threat of extremist terrorism,” Tusk said.

“We will ensure that everything that can be done at European level to make France safe is being done. And we will make sure that Europe’s counter-terror strategy is fit for purpose to face the challenges of the months ahead,” he said in the letter.

The 2015 G-20 Antalya summit will be the tenth annual meeting of the G-20 heads of government. It will be held in Antalya, Turkey, a southwestern city, which is the most visited destination in Turkey and the tenth in the world, on 15-16 November 2015. The venue for the Leaders Summit will be Regnum Carya Hotel Convention Centre.

Turkey officially took over the presidency of the G-20 from Australia in December 1, 2014 and China will preside over the organization in 2016

Modi arrives

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Turkey’s Mediterranean city of Antalya on Saturday after a three-day visit to Britain for the annual G20 Summit meeting that gets underway on Sunday.

“After a successful bilateral visit to UK, it’s time for the G20 Summit in Turkey. @G20Turkey2015,” PMO India tweeted soon after Air India One landed.

“Merhaba Antalya! PM @narendramodi arrives in Turkey to attend @G20Turkey2015 on the second leg of his tour,” Vikas Swarup, spokesperson in the external affairs ministry, tweeted.

Leaders expected at the G20 Summit include US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

French President Francois Hollande has cancelled his visit to the meet in the wake of the deadly terror attacks in Paris on Friday night.

Besides India, France, the US and Turkey, the G20 comprises Argentina, Australia, Britain, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea and the European Union.

Originally formed at the level of finance ministers and central bank governors in 1999 after the East Asian economic crisis, the G20 assumed significance after its elevation to a summit-level forum in 2008, following the global financial crisis.

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