Antalya (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Terrorism will be the focus of the G20 summit that begins today in Antalya, Turkey, gathering the leaders of major world powers for the first summit following the attacks in Paris.
The meeting, the largest gathering of world leaders ever hosted by Turkey, will be attended by US President Barack Obama, China’s Xi Jinping of and Russia’s Vladimir Putin along with regional leaders like Saudi King Salman and the landlord, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for which the meeting is an opportunity to present himself as a global player two weeks after his party regained absolute majority in general elections. For obvious reasons the French President Francois Hollande will be absent.
The G20 agenda included five working sessions to discuss development and climate change, economic growth, financial markets and reforms and also to global challenges such as terrorism and refugees. But in all probability the events in Paris will bring the issue of terrorism to the top of the agenda.
Even before the attacks in Paris security was maximum levels. The twenty kilometers from the airport leading to the city have been cordoned off, and traffic lights mounted by hundreds of CCTV cameras with facial recognition software. Over 12 thousand agents are deployed and there have been major operations to hunt out potential terrorists who may have infiltrated the Syrian border - which is 600 kilometers - or from camps housing 2 million refugees from Syria.
The issue of refugees is another hot topic. It should have been raised in particular Sunday during the leaders dinner. But few believe that there will be any concrete outcomes, given the distance between the positions on the issue.