Erdogan, Obama: Paris Attacks Against ‘all of humanity’
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and U.S. President Barack Obama have underlined Paris attacks were against “all of humanity” and stressed determination to fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in a bilateral meeting held ahead of the G-20 Summit starting Nov. 15.
Leaders held a press conference after the meeting held at Regnum Hotel at 10:40 a.m., just a few hours after Obama’s Air Force One landed at Antalya Airport at 7 a.m.
Speaking in the briefing, Erdoğan stated that the attacks in Ankara on Oct. 10 and Paris on Nov. 13 demonstrated that the threat of terror is collective.
“This act of terror is not only against the people of France but against all of humanity,” Erdoğan said.
The Turkish president underlined that leaders will discuss methods to counter ISIL’s terror during the summit.
“At the same time, of course, we will discuss climate change, the refugee crisis and financial developments across the world,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Obama started his speech by thanking President Erdoğan and the people of Antalya.
The U.S. president also praised Turkey for being an “important ally” in countering the threat posed by ISIL in Iraq and Syria and also for hosting two million refugees.
“We discussed how to fight ISIL on the Turkish border, alongside the meetings in Vienna,” Obama said.
“Turkey and the Turkish people are hosting two million refugees,” he added.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will chair the summit with the participation of U.S., Chinese, Russian, Saudi, U.K. and EU leaders, among others, and will try to leave his own mark, especially on the resolution of regional issues, Syrian unrest and its by-products, global extremist terrorism and migration issues.