Obama to visit Turkey, Philippines and Malaysia for meetings with world leaders

US President Barack Obama listening to remarks by Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (not pictured) after their meeting at the Oval Office on Oct 26, 2015.
US President Barack Obama listening to remarks by Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (not pictured) after their meeting at the Oval Office on Oct 26, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama will travel to Turkey for a G20 summit, followed by stops in the Philippines and Malaysia for meetings with world leaders next month, the White House said on Monday (Oct 26).

At the G20 summit, leaders from the world's major economies are due to give final approval to a new plan to crack down on tax evasion by multinational corporations that costs countries at least US$100 billion (S$ 139.2 billion) a year.

The 15-point plan aims to tackle low tax bills for the likes of Google, Apple and McDonald's, which have managed to sharply reduce their taxes while remaining within the law, provoking public outrage in recent years.

Obama "will spur international efforts to ensure strong, sustainable and balanced global economic growth" during the talks, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement.

During the foreign travels from Nov 14 to Nov 22, Obama will also "emphasise the importance of reaching an ambitious and durable global climate change agreement in Paris."

The aim of the Paris conference is to ink an agreement to limit global warming to two deg C over pre-Industrial Revolution levels.

The meeting marks the culmination of six years of work since the ill-fated 2009 Copenhagen climate summit, which failed to lock down significant agreements.

Obama will also stop in the Philippines for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit and in Malaysia for the US-Asean and East Asia summits.

Meetings there "underscore America's support for Asia's regional institutions, which enhance security and prosperity, while also advancing the US strategy to rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region in all of its dimensions," Earnest said.

"These visits also will support the president's efforts to expand opportunities for American businesses and workers to sell their products in some of the world's fastest-growing markets."