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Merkel calls G7 climate talks 'very unsatisfactory'

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Merkel calls G7 climate talks 'very unsatisfactory'
German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Sicilian town of Taormina. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP
14:45 CEST+02:00
German leader Angela Merkel said Saturday that US President Donald Trump's G7 partners remained in the dark about his intentions on climate change, calling the debate at a summit in Sicily "very unsatisfactory".

"The whole discussion on the topic of climate was very difficult, not to say very unsatisfactory" Merkel said.

"Here we have a situation of six against one, meaning there is still no sign of whether the US will remain in the Paris accord or not," she added.

President Donald Trump announced in a tweet that he will make a decision next week on whether the United States will abide by the 2015 Paris agreement on cutting global carbon emissions.

"I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!" Trump wrote from the G7 summit in Sicily, where he had been pressed by US partners to commit to a framework aimed at stemming global warming.

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