Erdoğan says he’ll lead G-20 Summit this year
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said he will head the summit of G-20 leaders, due to take place in the southern province of Antalya in November.
Turkey was represented at prime ministry level in previous G-20 summits, but with Erdoğan flexing his muscles as president it was a big unknown who would lead the summit this year. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu had represented Turkey at last year’s G-20 Summit in Australia.
“The G-20 leaders will meet under the presidency of me … The representatives of 85 percent of the world economy will be there at the meeting to discuss global issues,” Erdoğan said in a speech on June 15, quoted by Anadolu Agency.
The upcoming G-20 Summit is due to be held in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya on Nov. 15-16. Turkey officially assumed the G-20 presidency as of Dec. 1 last year.