Deadlock on climate change ‘broken’ at G20

Dhaka,  Tue,  25 July 2017
Published : 08 Jul 2017, 20:12:05
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Deadlock on climate change ‘broken’ at G20

Deadlock over climate change between the US and the other nations at the G20 summit appears to have been broken, reports BBC.

The BBC understands a compromise final closing text has been agreed at the second day of their meeting in Hamburg.

According to an EU official, the text acknowledges President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement without undermining the commitment of other countries.

It comes after a second night of violent protests in Hamburg.

Negotiators worked through the night in an attempt to reach a compromise on the wording of the summit statement.

Meanwhile leaders have held separate talks. President Donald Trump met British PM Theresa May, and said a US-UK trade deal would be signed soon.

The host, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, held a working breakfast with Presidents Putin of Russia and Macron of France. On Friday had described the first day of talks as "very difficult".

But early on Saturday, an EU official told Reuters news agency: "The outcome is good. We have a communiqué. There is just one outstanding issue on climate." He added that the statement included a pledge to "fight protectionism".

Trump, after his morning meeting with May, said he expected a "very powerful" trade deal between the two countries "very quickly".

The G20 (Group of Twenty) is a summit for 19 countries, both developed and developing, plus the EU.

 
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