Obama to convene National Security Council before leaving for G20
US President Barack Obama will convene his National Security Council before leaving for the G20 summit in Turkey, the White House said Saturday.
The president plans to review intelligence surrounding the Friday attacks in Paris, in which gunmen and suicide bombers killed at least 128 people and wounded hundreds.
Obama is to leave Saturday afternoon for the meeting of leaders of the G20 developed nations, according to his agenda. The two-day summit starts Sunday in the southern resort city of Antalya.
The US president spoke out against the attacks Friday night, calling the episode “an “attack on all of humanity.”
“Those who think that they can terrorize the people of France or the values that they stand for are wrong,” Obama said in a hastily convened appearance before reporters at the White House.
Leaders of the world’s top 20 industrialized nations have already begun arriving in Turkey for the summit, which is expected to focus on the fight against terror following the Paris attacks.
The G20 was already set to deal with a packed agenda on issues ranging from Syria, to tax evasion and climate change.
French President Francois Hollande has canceled his visit to the G20, his office said, and will be represented instead by Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Finance Minister Michel Sapin.