G20 host Turkey says stands with France in fight against terrorism
General view of the scene with rescue service personnel working near covered bodies outside a restaurant following shooting incidents in Paris, France - REUTERS

ISTANBUL:  Turkey, which hosts a summit of world leaders this weekend, condemned attacks by gunmen and bombers in Paris as a crime against humanity and said it stood in full cooperation with France and its allies in the fight against terrorism.

“These attacks are not only against the French people but all humanity, democracy, freedoms and universal values. Terror has no religion, no nationality and represents no values. Terrorism is a crime against humanity,” Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s office said in a statement.

“Turkey is in full cooperation with France and other allied countries in the fight against terrorism … and we will fight with full determination.”

Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies (G20), including the United States, China, Japan, Russia, Canada, Australia and Brazil, are to meet on Sunday and Monday in the Mediterranean resort region of Antalya, where the war in neighbouring Syria and global security will be major topics.

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