PM Modi Reaches Turkey to Attend G20 Summit

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Ankara: After the three-day UK tour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at Antalya in Turkey to attend the two-day G-20 Summit that begins from Sunday. In the event, leaders representing 19 countries and the European Union would discuss on ways of ensuring faster economic growth.

Subjects of terrorism and global refugee crisis are also set to be on the centre-stage of discussions. Ahead of the G-20 summit, Prime Minister Modi will attend the BRICS leaders meet on Sunday morning and later hold bilateral talks with leaders of many countries.

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“After a successful bilateral visit to UK, it’s time for the G20 Summit in Turkey. @G20Turkey2015,” PMO India tweeted soon after Air India One landed.

“Merhaba Antalya! PM @narendramodi arrives in Turkey to attend @G20Turkey2015 on the second leg of his tour,” Vikas Swarup, spokesperson in the external affairs ministry, tweeted.

Leaders expected at the G20 Summit include US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

French President Francois Hollande has cancelled his visit to the meet in the wake of the deadly terror attacks in Paris on Friday night.

Besides India, France, the US and Turkey, the G20 comprises Argentina, Australia, Britain, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea and the European Union.

Originally formed at the level of finance ministers and central bank governors in 1999 after the East Asian economic crisis, the G20 assumed significance after its elevation to a summit-level forum in 2008, following the global financial crisis.