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G 20 Summit in HAMBURG


COMMENTARY 05.07.2017

The 12th  G20 Summit will take place in Hamburg, Germany from July 7 to 8. Since the 11th G-20 summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China last year, leaders in several countries have changed as in Britain, France and the United States. The magnet of 20 developed and developing countries summit this time is the inaugural meeting of US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Both are scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the G-20 summit. Another leader who has drawn attention  is Turkish President Racip Tayyip Erdogan.

These three leaders must have had  their own agenda. Trump will certainly discuss with Putin about the war in Syria, US sanctions against Russia and possibly a controversial issue over the investigation of Russian involvement in the US presidential election won by Trump. Another issue is the US decision to leave  the Paris Climate agreement. Putin however,  has so far not disclosed his agenda in this meeting. The Turkish president, Tayyip Erdogan, wants to use his visit to Germany to talk with the Turks there. Germany objected to Erdogan's plan and did not grant permission. But who knows what  Erdogan will do to solve the problem.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is experienced enough to host the summit. In 2008 Merkel hosted the G8 summit in Heiligendamm. In 2015, the G-7 and Putin were   received by Merkel in Elmau, Bayern. This time Merkel will hold  the G-20 summit, 2 months before the German elections. Merkel said the summit is full of serious challenges such as terrorism, climate change and protectionism. She  added that the world is in a state of distress and division.

Indonesia will be present at this summit and President Joko Widodo will be the keynote speaker on counter-terrorism issues. In the economic session, the  Indonesian President will raise 3  important issues namely, sustainability, resilience, and responsibility. President Joko Widodo is also scheduled to meet President Trump. In this G-20 meeting, Indonesia is expected to play a role in overcoming terrorism, ending the conflict in Syria and Iraq,  finding solution  to the isolation of Qatar. Another hope is for the United States to return to the Paris climate agreement.

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