G7 must confirm climate pledge - Ayrault


In March U.S. President Donald Trump signed an order to undo Obama-era climate change regulations, keeping a campaign promise to support the coal industry.

The order's main target was Obama's Clean Power Plan, requiring states to slash carbon emissions from power plants - a key factor in US ability to meet commitments under a climate change accord reached by almost 200 countries in Paris in 2015.

Calenda said the US "reserved its position" regarding the text of any potential release, prompting him to advise against a disunited statement to the press. "It is imperative that the G7 confirms the irreversibility (of the Paris Agreement)" and "commits to applying it", Ayrault said in an interview given in view of Monday's meeting of G7 foreign ministers in Lucca.

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A source close to the meeting confirmed U.S. secretary of energy Rick Perry had informed his counterparts that the United States was "reviewing" its climate and energy policies and therefore could not sign a joint declaration that referred to the treaty signed in Paris in 2015.

"It turned out to be impossible to sign a joint final declaration that would have included all items on the agenda", Calenda said, as quoted by Askanews agency.

G7 leaders, including Mr Trump, are set to meet in Sicily at the end of May.

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During his election campaign, Trump pledged to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, arguing it would hurt US business.

The UK, Canada, Italy, Germany, Japan, and France were hoping to agree that they are all committed to the Paris Agreement on climate change and decarbonisation, but the Trump administration has not been clear on its position.

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"The talks were constructive and there was no friction", Calenda said.