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Paris, Syria, terror to dominate G-20 talks

- PUJA MEHRA

ANTALYA (TURKEY): The Paris terror attacks have added fresh urgency to the scheduled talks on terror, a key theme on the agenda at the two-day Group of 20 Summit starting here on Sunday.

As world leaders gather in this resort town, the attacks in Paris and global efforts to crack down on terrorism will take centre stage.

Leaders of the 20 major economies (G-20), including the U.S., China, Japan, Russia, Canada, Australia and Brazil, will discuss climate change and global cooperatio­n to unearth black money, but the talks are set to be dominated by the attacks in Paris and the war in Syria, official sources said. The leaders will discuss terrorism and migration at a working dinner on Sunday, but following the Paris attacks, the deliberati­ons can be moved forward if such a proposal is moved by the Turkish presidency, the sources said.

A statement on fighting terrorism will be issued after the dinner, the news agency Reuters reported.

French President Francois Hollande cancelled his visit.

U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to seek support for his administra­tion’s strategy to defeat the Islamic State in West Asia and bring a negotiated end to the civil war in Syria.

Turkey, the host country, has also pressed for a discussion on the conflict in Syria and the worst migrant crisis since World War II.

 ?? — PHOTO: AP ?? Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Antalya, Turkey, on Saturday to attend the G-20 Summit.
— PHOTO: AP Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Antalya, Turkey, on Saturday to attend the G-20 Summit.

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