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Merkel: Trump's climate change stance 'regrettable'

Merkel: Trump's climate change stance 'regrettable'
From Al Jazeera - July 8, 2017

US President Donald Trump's position onclimatechange was termed "regrettable" byGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel in her closing remarks at the G20 summit but world leaders appeared to have struck a deal on trade policies.

In Hamburg on Saturday, Merkel said the two-day summit, marred by violent protests on the streets, achieved "good results in some areas" and cited a hard-won agreement on trade that included Trump and the US.

But she said talks had been, at times, "difficult".

"One central focus was climate and energy and here it became clear what I had said ahead of the summit," Merkel said.

"Where there is no consensus, the disaccord must be mentioned. That's why there is the American position on the one hand. As you know, the United States has unfortunately left the climate accord, or rather they expressed the intention to do so."

The final statement in the G20 summit made clear that the other countries and the European Union unanimously supported the Paris climate agreement rejected by Trump.

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The 19 other leaders took note of the US decision to withdraw from the Parisclimateaccord and declared it "irreversible".

For its part, the US injected a contentious line saying that it would "endeavour to work closely with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently".

Also at the summit, the trade deal struck by theUS administration and international partners endorsed open markets, but acknowledged countries had a right to put up barriers to block unfair practices.

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