G20 agrees refugees a global problem
deep pockets and pervasive control to win recent by-elections.
However, leading independent pollster Ibrahim Suffian called the handshake “a big deal” and a potentially significant sign that Mr Mahathir was ready to link up with the opposition he once fiercely battled.
“The fundamental problem for the opposition was that Mahathir and Anwar couldn’t get along,” Mr Ibrahim said.
“Their shaking hands means their interests have converged.”
The next general election must be held by mid-2018. – THE G20 group agreed at their summit in China that refugees are a global issue and the burden must be shared, the leaders declared in a joint communique.
“Worldwide massive forced displacement of people, unprecedented since the Second World War, especially those generated from violent conflicts, is a global concern,” they said at the end of their two-day gathering on September 5.
The Group of 20 reiterated their call from last year’s summit in Turkey for “global concerted efforts in addressing the effects, protection need and root causes of refugee crisis to share the burden associated with it”.
The group called for strengthening humanitarian assistance for refugees and invited all states “according to their individual capacity” to ramp up aid to international organisations assisting affected countries.
A steady stream of refugees has flowed into Europe over the last year, largely fleeing the civil war in Syria.
The issue has become a political flashpoint for leaders in the region as a series of Islamist terror attacks and rising anti-globalisation sentiment have combined to create an increasingly inhospitable environment for refugees from the brutal conflict.
The group’s communique called for increasing efforts to “find durable solutions”, particularly for “protracted refugee situations”.
A senior EU diplomat told AFP that G20 was making a strong stand on including the issue in the communique, but noted it was not a binding commitment. –
Jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks outside court in Kuala Lumpur September 5.