Members of Turkey's Youth Union hold fake and real shoes as they protest against the upcoming visit of US President Barack Obama to Turkey for a G20 summit, near the US embassy in Ankara. AFP PHOTO/ADEM ALTAN
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Syria's war, migration and the fight against terrorism will force their way onto the agenda when world leaders meet this weekend in Turkey, a country straddling Europe and the Middle East and struggling with the fallout from all three.Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies, including the United States, China, Japan, Russia, Canada, Australia and Brazil, are to meet Sunday and Monday in the Mediterranean resort of Antalya primarily to discuss global economic issues.But the summit takes place just 500 km from Syria, whose four-and-a-half year conflict has seen ISIS militants transform into a global security threat and spawned Europe's largest migration flows since World War II.While the talks will largely focus on economic challenges such as boosting global growth, the fallout of expected U.S. rate hikes, and China's rebalancing, the leaders will also discuss the fight against terrorism and the refugee crisis.The EU expects a battle to have migration even recognized as global issue with some states, including Russia and China, reluctant to discuss it at the summit.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday he wanted G-20 leaders to discuss the conflicts in Syria and Iraq at the summit, although here again conflicting agendas mean there is little prospect of any major breakthroughs.
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