The tenth summit meeting of G20 economies began on Sunday from Antalya, Turkey as world leaders address global economic issues along with the new challenges posed by a growing refugee crisis and the sudden wave of terrorist attacks across the globe.
According to the U.K.’s Guardian, U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin met together at a leaders’ conference during the meeting and agreed to have the UN negotiate a peace deal between Syrian opposition forces and the Assad regime.
A White House official said Obama and Putin had agreed the United Nations would mediate negotiations between the Syrian opposition and the Assad regime following a cease-fire.
Details of the cease fire and the peace deal framework will need to be clarified further in the days ahead.
Ahead of a G-20 working session, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan held a moment of silence in honor of the terror attacks that have been carried out by Islamic State terrorists in Paris, France and Ankara, Turkey.
After a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Erdogan, U.S. President Obama spoke about the need for a political transition in Syria while acknowledging the strong partnership with Turkey, a NATO member, in going after Islamic State militants inside Iraq and Syria.
“As a NATO ally, we have worked together to bring about pressure on ISIL, even as we also try to bring about a political transition inside of Syria that can relieve the suffering of so many people and eliminate the environment in which ISIL can operate” Obama said.
During the bilateral meeting, Obama addressed the burden of refugees that Turkey has been bearing along with other important issues such as climate change, development, and growth.