G20: World leaders vow to fight terror as Paris attacks take centrestage

(From PTI)

Paris attacks took the centre-stage at the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey, Sunday with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling for a united global effort to combat terrorism as world leaders joined a clarion call to eliminate Islamic State’s (IS) network.

World leaders pose for a photo at the G-20 Summit

World leaders pose for a photo at G-20 Summit in Turkey

“Today, we meet in the tragic shadow of dreadful acts of terrorism. Combating it must be major priority for G20,” Modi said at the meeting of leaders from the world’s top-20 economies.

US President Barack Obama vowed to stand with France in hunting down the perpetrators of Paris attacks.

“The killing of innocent people based on a twisted ideology is an attack not just on France, not just on Turkey but on the the entire civilized world,” he said.

He vowed to “redouble” efforts to “eliminate” the IS terror network.

The summit  expected to mainly discuss inclusive economic growth and climate change is set to adopt a resolution at the end of the two-day meeting Monday calling for better coordination and exchange of information to cut off funding and a more comprehensive approach on “addressing the conditions conducive to terrorism.”

Participating in a meeting of BRICS leaders on the sidelines of the summit, Modi condemned the dreadful acts of terrorism in Paris.

“The entire humanity must stand together as one against terrorism. The need for a united global effort to combat terrorism has never been more urgent. This must also be a priority for BRICS nations,” he said.

The declaration on terror, separate from the main summit declaration, may seek quicker implementation of the Financial Action Task Force, which involves stopping individuals from sending money to groups like IS and tackling the black market for oil that is key to its funding.

The summit will also discuss ways to prevent terrorists from exploiting technology, communications and resources to incite terrorism acts.

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said he will soon submit to the UN general assembly a comprehensive plan to deal with violent extremism and terrorism.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said: “We have all seen the horror that took place recently in Paris and we sympathise with the affected people.

“Russia is always in favour of joining efforts to deal effectively with the terrorist threat. Of course, it is necessary to act in strict accordance with the United Nations.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping said, “We will work more closely with the international community to reject and fight terrorism in all its manifestations.”

“It should be our aim to coordinate our action against Daesh (IS),” European Union President Donald Tusk said.

Erdogan said the Summit will carry on discussions on pre-determined agenda items, but there will be a strong message coming out of the meeting on terror. The issues to be discussed includes climate change and refugee crisis, he said.

As the summit got under way, a suspected IS jihadist blew himself up in south-eastern Turkey near the Syrian border during a police raid. Five police officers were injured.

On Saturday, four suspected IS militants were shot dead by the army when they approached an army checkpoint in Gaziantep. Besides, police arrested seven suspected IS members in Turkish capital Ankara, local media reports said.

Turkey had scaled up its hunt for IS members ever since a series of deadly attacks including bombings took place in Ankara on October 10, killing 107 people.

Welcoming world leaders, Erdogan asked them to send “very strong, tough” message against terror.

“I believe that our stance against international terrorism will find its expression in a very strong, tough message at the G20 summit,” Erdogan said.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “Those who organised, who perpetrated the attacks are the very same people who, as refugees, are fleeing. So there is no need for an overall review of the European policy on refugees.”

The Paris attacks turned Antalya into a heavy-guarded town and all musical events including at the official dinner Sunday night were cancelled as a mark of respect for the victims of Paris attacks.

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