Leaders of the world’s richest and most powerful countries are set to vow to conduct joint actions against growing global terrorism following an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attack that killed at least 129 people in France, in the first written statement issued by the G-20 on a political issue.
The Antalya Summit held by Turkey, the current term president, was the first time the G-20 engaged in issues other than the economy and trade as world leaders agreed to release a statement denouncing the Paris attacks while vowing unity against terrorism.
The statement had not yet been released yet, however, a draft report seen by Hürriyet Daily News underlined that leaders reaffirmed that terrorism cannot be associated with any religion, nationality or ethnic group.
Leaders denounced the Paris attacks what they described as “heinous” and reiterated that they would remain united in combatting terrorism. Expressing their concerns about the growing flow of foreign terrorist fighters, leaders demanded stepped-up border control and aviation security.
G-20 leaders stressed that they would remain committed to tackling financing channels of terrorism by enhanced cooperation on the exchange of information and by freezing the assets of terrorists.
The Antalya Declaration which is expected to be released on Nov. 16, the final day of the two-day gathering, will also touch on the global migration problem while calling on all countries to cooperate to resolve the problem.
Syria main course at working dinner
In the meantime, world leaders conducted in-depth discussions on the Syrian unrest during the working dinner hosted by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. “Global Challenges: Terrorism and Migration” was the theme of the dinner during which the heads of states and governments from more than 20 countries represented at the summit attended.
The summit will end Nov. 16 after Erdoğan holds the closing session and a press conference.
Read the draft declaration here