G20 summit: Leaders seek to bridge climate gap in Hamburg

G20 summit: Leaders seek to bridge climate gap in Hamburg

Negotiators of the G-20 talks in Hamburg, Germany, are working on a final declaration, with climate change being the only remaining issue, according to the authorities.

They say that a common position on trade has been agreed, all countries have pledged to resist protectionism.

Meanwhile, the leaders held separate talks. President Donald Trump met with British Prime Minister Theresa May and said a trade agreement between the US And the United Kingdom would soon be signed.

The latest talks come after a second night of violent protests in Hamburg.

Negotiators worked all night long in order to reach agreement on the drafting of the summit – expected by late Saturday.

The host, German Chancellor Angela Merkel had breakfast worker with Presidents Putin and Russia Macron France. Friday described the first day of talks as “very difficult”.

But on Saturday, an EU official told the Reuters news agency: “The result is good that we have a statement there is problem only pending in the climate …”

He added that the statement included a pledge to “fight against protectionism.”

M. Trump, following his morning meeting with Ms. May said he expected a “very powerful” trade agreement between the two countries very quickly. ”

BBC seen by the draft conclusions arouse a deep interest in most of the G-20. The current text acknowledges Donald Trump’s rejection of the Paris climate agreement to limit rising temperatures.

However, the United States also emphasized its determination to “work closely with other partners to facilitate their access to and use of fossil fuels in a cleaner and more efficient manner.”

This is what most other members do not want in the text, as it can be seen as support for the continued use and export of fossil fuels, such as coal and oil.

The current situation of stagnation is important and reflects a summit very dividing the world in which it has had problems accepting the president’s denial of the first shot of the whole concept of the United States’ global commitment to free trade and action Against global warming.

Merkel’s remarks came amid heavy protests in the streets of Hamburg with protesters and armed police clashes early Saturday.

Demonstrators – who protest against the presence of M. Trump and Putin, climate change and global inequalities in wealth – set fire to vehicles and barricades, threw stones at looted officers and shops.

At one point, police chased protesters down the rooftops, while street officials used water cannons against demonstrators.

About 200 police officers were injured during the protests. Dozens of demonstrators were arrested.

On Friday, M. Trump has used his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin within the framework of the G-20 to discuss the alleged Russian hackers US presidential election last year.

Both parties called the meeting positive – but differed in their descriptions of the discussion on piracy.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said: “President Trump said he had heard clear statements … that the Russian authorities have not intervened [in the US elections], and he accepted them statements.”

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