Turkish PresidentÂ Recep Tayyip ErdoganÂ on Wednesday called on world leaders to accept the turkish plan for a safe zone inside Syria, only days before it hosts theÂ G20Â summit.
Speaking to a group of businessmen in the capitalÂ Ankara,Â ErdoganÂ said the Syrian conflict would be a “major topic” at theÂ G20Â summit in the touristÂ resort ofÂ AntalyaÂ on Sunday and Monday.
US PresidentÂ Barack Obama, Russian PresidentÂ Vladimir PutinÂ and Saudi Arabia King Salman are all attending the meeting.
ErdoganÂ has repeatedly pressed for a safe zone insideÂ SyriaÂ in the area of AzazÂ and Jarablus in the north, which could house some of the 2.2 million Syrian refugees currently hosted byÂ Turkeyand act as a buffer to protect Turkish territory.
The idea has met with only a lukewarm response from world powers but there have been indications fromAnkaraÂ in the last few days that the West is coming closer to its point of view.
“More realistic steps need to be taken for a solution including our proposal in particular to establish a safe zone cleared of terror,”Â ErdoganÂ said.