ErdoIan to meet with Obama, Putin at G-20 summit in Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet with world leaders, including US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, when leaders of the G-20 major economies gather in Antalya on Sunday and Monday, the Turkish media said on Friday.
Obama and Erdogan will have a bilateral meeting on Nov. 15 that will address, in part, the countriesand’ actions against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group and the situation in war-torn Syria, Ben Rhodes, US deputy national security aiser, said at a White House briefing on Thursday.
Leaders from a number of countries, including the UK and Japan, began to arrive in Turkey a day before the G-20 summit in the southern province of Antalya, and are set to have bilateral meetings between themselves and with Turkish officials.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Erdogan late on Friday to discuss how to boost economic and diplomatic ties between two countries.
British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon was scheduled to meet with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoilu to discuss potential cooperation against the terrorist ISIL and the prolonged Syrian conflict.
Before his meeting, Fallon talked to Turkish media on a number of topics that concern both countries. He criticized the main Kurdish political party, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is a Western ally in Syria, over reports of forcible expulsions of other indigenous local groups, including Arabs and Turkmens, after it captured new territories from ISIL in northern Syria.
Amnesty International recently criticized the Kurdish group for its mistreatment of political prisoners and other groups. The Turkish government in Ankara views the PYD as a terrorist group for its links to the Kurdistan Workersand’ Party (PKK), which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU.
Russian President Putin plans to hold bilateral meetings with Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and leaders of China, Turkey and the UK during the G-20 summit in Turkey, the RIA news agency reported on Friday, citing Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
Peskov did not respond to a question regarding whether Putin and Lagarde would discuss Ukraineand’s debt to Moscow at the meeting, RIA said.

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