Erdogan, Obama meet at G20 Summit in Turkey

Turkish president and his U.S. counterpart discussed the next steps in the fight against Daesh in Syria during their bilateral talks held on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in southern Antalya province Sunday.

Addressing a joint press conference with U.S. President Barack Obama, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan emphasized the point that both countries were “strategic partners”.

About the fight in Syria, he said: “We had a chance to discuss fighting against Daesh in Syria with Mr. Obama and the next steps we will take as [part of] coalition forces”.

Erdogan highlighted that Turkey will contribute to world peace and continue its “resolute solidarity” with the US.

The Turkish president also reiterated his strong condemnation of the Paris attacks that left over 125 people dead Friday night. He also noted the terrorist attacks inside Turkey.

“We are faced with collective terror in Paris just like in Ankara, Gaziantep, Suruc and Diyarbakir in Turkey,” Erdogan said.

The Turkish president said that world leaders will discuss climate change, refugee crisis, financial and economic developments during the G20 Summit.

Anadolu Agency, the event’s main photography distributor, also took photographs of both leaders before their meeting Sunday.

Turkey is hosting leaders of 20 major economies in Antalya for the 10th G20 summit, which will discuss the world’s biggest political and security crises, including Syria and the mass migration of refugees.

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