Donald Trump fails to commit to Paris climate agreement

Updated: 29 May, 2017 13:22 IST | Agencies | TAORMINA (ITALY)

President Donald Trump failed to commit to remaining within the Paris climate agreement during a two-day meeting with world leaders that ended here on Saturday

Donald Trump

President Donald Trump failed to commit to remaining within the Paris climate agreement during a two-day meeting with world leaders that ended here on Saturday, but he tweeted that he was still considering it and would announce a final decision "next week".

In a final communique, the Group of Seven industrialised countries said that the US "is not in a position to join the consensus". The other six members reaffirmed their commitment to swiftly implement the 2015 accord to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

The G-7 summit marked the last stop of Trump’s first overseas trip as president, a gruelling nine-day tour that included high-level discussions in the Middle East and with NATO, as well as a meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican.

Trump reflected on how many places he had visited, saying, "We have been gone for close to 9 days... and I think we hit a home run, no matter where we are."

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First Published: 29 May, 2017 08:18 IST

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