U.S isolated as India, other G20 members back Paris climate pact

India joined 18 other G20 members to strongly support the fight against global warming by terming the Paris climate deal as ‘irreversible’, leaving the U.S, which walked out of the pact, isolated.

The two-day G20 Summit saw the Indian side making “significant contributions” on resolve to counter terrorism and boost global trade and investment.

The Summit, attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with top world leaders including host Angela Merkel and U.S President Donald Trump, was however came under the shadow of unprecedented violent protests in this German port city where thousands of anti-capitalism protesters clashed with police and turned this harbour town into a fortress.

Unfortunately, the U.S stand remains against the Paris pact but all other members have shown strong support on climate change, Merkel, the German Chancellor, said.

She said the communique clearly mentioned the US dissent and the position of all other members.

“Obviously it could not be a fully common position,” Merkel told reporters.

“All G20 members except the US agree that the Paris agreement is irreversible,” she said.

Trump in June announced that the U.S will withdraw from the Paris climate accord, saying the deal agreed by more than 190 nations unfairly benefited countries like India and China.

(Agencies)

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