Erdoğan, Obama discuss bilateral ties, regional issues at G-20 summit

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (L) speaks with US President Barack Obama during the G-20 Cannes Summit. (Photo:AA)

November 04, 2011, Friday/ 15:59:00

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had talks with US President Barack Obama on Friday during the G-20 leaders summit in France, discussing regional developments and bilateral relations.

The Anatolia news agency said the two leaders also discussed a recent powerful earthquake in eastern Turkey during their talks at the G-20 leaders summit in Cannes, and Obama told Erdoğan that his country is ready to extend full support to Turkey in the wake of the Oct. 23 quake, which left more than 600 dead and left thousands homeless.

The two also discussed recent developments in Syria, where hundreds of civilians have been recently killed in a deadly crackdown.

Anatolia said Obama also voiced sympathy with Erdoğan over his mother's death last month, once again delivering his condolences to the Turkish prime minister. Obama reportedly told Erdoğan that he knows the pain of losing one's mother as his own mother died in 1995.

Turkey to assume term presidency of G-20 in 2015

A final declaration released at the end of the two-day G-20 summit announced that Turkey will assume the term presidency of the G-20 in 2015. “On Dec. 1, 2011, Mexico will start chairing the G-20. We will convene in Los Cabos, Baja California, in June 2012, under the chairmanship of Mexico. Russia will chair the G-20 in 2013, Australia in 2014 and Turkey in 2015. We have also agreed, as part of our reforms to the G-20, that after 2015, the annual presidencies of the G-20 will be chosen from rotating regional groups, starting with the Asian grouping comprising China, Indonesia, Japan and Korea,” the final communiqué read.

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