The G20 Summit has drawn to a close and world leaders have not forgotten that U.S. President Trump has made the hugely unpopular decision to pull out from the Paris Climate Accord. Winding up the event with her speech, Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, pointedly spoke about the US's move to quite the climate agreement and also said that she 'deplored' the decision to do so.
The U.S. has created challenges in the talks, feel word leaders
Merkel echoed what appears to be the view of many world leaders when she made her speech at the end of G20 Summit. She did not leave much to doubt about the view that it was the US' inflexible stance that made talks difficult for the world leaders gathered. During the summit, the immovable stance of the U.S. president to the climate change accord and also the trade policies created situations where the talks came to more or less a standstill.
Other members reiterate support for climate change agreement
Merkel also made it very clear that Trump's decision to pull out has not affected the views of any of the other 19 members of the G20 on the climate change accord. She stressed on the fact that the accord was not reversible and that all other countries continued to be committed to it. The Summit declaration has officially acknowledged the U.S. decision to pull out but has also stated that the country will continue to lower emissions and enhance energy security requirements.
Reactions of world leaders
Talking about the summit, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president has praised Merkel's summation of the proceedings and underlined that the U.S. has only withdrawn from the summit, not given up its commitment to the underlying cause. He attributed this success to Merkel. Theresa May, British Prime Minister, described the U.S. stance as a 'dismaying' one and pointed out that she had held talks with Trump urging him to rethink his decision. Justin Trudeau, from Canada, simply stated that economic growth and environmental protection can happen simultaneously without either having to be compromised.
Meanwhile, Trump's protectionist policies on trade also came in for sharp criticism from Merkel and many other leaders. In her speech, she indicated that other world leaders are in support of the open market policy which is in sharp contrast to the protectionist policies that are being fielded by Trump.