World leaders unite to condemn Paris attacks


Antalya: World leaders united Sunday to denounce terrorism at a heavily-guarded summit in Turkey after the gun and bomb assaults in Paris, despite divisions over conflict-riven Syria.

US President Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin of Russia, China’s President Xi Jinping and other leaders gathered at the Mediterranean resort of Antalya two days after the Paris attacks claimed by Islamic State jihadists.

Obama condemned the killing of 129 people in Paris as well as a double suicide bombing in Ankara last month as attacks “on the civilised world” and vowed to “redouble our efforts” to eliminate the Islamic State network.

“We stand in solidarity with France in hunting down the perpetrators of this crime and bringing them to justice,” Obama declared after talks with his host, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Paris killings darkened the mood of the summit of the Group of 20 top world economies, with security and the Syrian conflict now eclipsing an economic agenda that will also deal with the spreading refugee crisis, climate change and tax avoidance.