Kingdom joins world efforts to crush terror

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman with the G-20 leaders at Antalya, Turkey, on Sunday. (SPA)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman with the G-20 leaders at Antalya, Turkey, on Sunday. (SPA)


Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman met with foreign leaders gathered at the G-20 Summit on Sunday and discussed with them developments in the region and the summit agenda.

King Salman held talks with US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on the sidelines of the summit.

The meetings were attended by Minister of State Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban; Minister of Finance Ibrahim Al-Assaf; Minister of Commerce & Industry Tawfiq Al-Rabiah and Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir.

The king, who has sought joint global efforts to crush terror in the past, also met French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and offered condolences to the French people for the colossal loss of life during Friday’s Paris attacks.

President Obama pledged Sunday to redouble efforts to eliminate the terror group and end the Syrian civil war that has fueled its rise, denouncing the extremist group’s horrifying terror spree in Paris as “an attack on the civilized world.”

Opening two days of talks with world leaders in Turkey, Obama pledged solidarity with France in the effort to hunt down the perpetrators and bring them to justice. He said “the skies have been darkened” by the Paris attacks, but offered no details about what the US or its coalition partners might do to step up its assault against Daesh.

“The killing of innocent people, based on a twisted ideology, is an attack not just on France, not just on Turkey, but it’s an attack on the civilized world,” Obama said after meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Jolted to attention by carnage, leaders in Europe, the United States and beyond have pledged to step up the response, with French President Francois Hollande vowing a “merciless” war on Daesh.

The heads of the world’s 20 largest economies also pledged to use all of their policy tools to tackle uneven economic growth that falls short of expectations, according to a draft communique seen by the media.

“Global economic growth is uneven and falls short of our expectations, despite the positive outlook in some major economies,” they said in the draft document, the final version of which is due to be released on Monday.


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