G20 summit: a “wonderful success”

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In spite of his country’s disconnected position on environmental change, US President Donald Trump has declared the G20 summit in Germany a “wonderful success”.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other 18 country leaders recognised the US choice to pull back from the Paris climate agreement, but also added that other G20 members will remain committed to the “irreversible” accord.

Last day of the Hamburg summit was held up by the deadlock over the issue.

Eventually, a final agreement was reached and the joint summit statement was made public on Saturday. Statement also said that the US would want “to work closely with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently”.

The Paris accord focuses on controlling global temperature increases by lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Host of the summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she still condemns Mr Trump’s position but is “gratified” that the other 19 nations opposed its renegotiation. On the other side Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Paris accord endorsement in his country is presently in question, as the compensation for developing countries is endangered by US withdrawal.

 

Mr Erdogan said that when Turkey signed the agreement, France guaranteed that Turkey would be qualified for compensation for a portion of the financial costs of compliance.

“So we said if this would happen, the agreement would pass through parliament. But otherwise it won’t pass”, said Mr Erdogan adding that parliament had not yet approved it.

Mr Trump additionally won a concession on trade. Leaders underlined the right of countries to secure their markets with, as they called it, legitimate trade protection instruments.

“The #G20Summit was a wonderful success and carried out beautifully by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Thank you!” Mr Trump tweeted.

 

KOREA

In the final talks of the event Mr Trump discussed efforts to curb North Korea’s nuclear ambitions with Chinese colleague Xi Jinping.

The US President told Mr Xi that “something has to be done”, and reminded that Pyongyang tested an intercontinental ballistic missile with the ability to hit the state of Alaska.

Chinese President said that he supports the US in denuclearisation of Korean peninsula, and added the China US relationship made “progress… despite some sensitive issues”, said the Xinhua, Chinese state press agency.

Mr Xi also suggested visits between the two countries’ defence ministers.

 

Protests

There were violent protests in Hamburg organised by the anti-G20 demonstrators who protested against the presence of Mr Trump and Mr Putin, the climate change and global wealth inequalities.

Protests were very violent, with demonstrators setting cars on fire and throwing projectiles.

Hamburg police officials say 213 officers were injured, and 143 people detained at the protest.