NEW YORK, 15th November, 2015 (WAM) — Meeting with the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, ahead of the G20 Summit in Antalya, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the annual event was “happening in sombre times that required unity of action.”

A statement issued by a UN spokesperson noted that the two leaders condemned in the strongest terms the attacks in Paris and stressed the need for the international community to address terrorism “in a determined and unified way.”

“The Secretary-General expressed appreciation for the Turkish presidency of the G20,” the satement said, adding that Mr. Ban reiterated that in a few months he will present his comprehensive Plan of Action Against Violent Extremism.

Mr. Ban and President Erdogan exchanged views on the way forward to resolve the situation in Syria. The UN chief also warmly thanked Turkey for hosting such a large number of refugees from that country.

In addition, the two leaders discussed the situations in Palestine, Libya and Cyprus, as well as issues related to climate change. The Secretary-General highlighted the importance of mobilising the G20 countries in order to achieve a meaningful and ambitious climate agreement at the COP21 conference in Paris at the end of the month.

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