G20 world leaders’ agreement hinges on U.S. climate change issue

G20 world leaders’ agreement hinges on U.S. climate change issue
© Getty Images

The U.S. wants a reference to fossil fuels included in the G20 joint statement and the group of 20 world leaders’ negotiations surrounding the communique hinges on the issue, according to reports on Saturday.

The 20 world leaders at a meeting in Hamburg, Germany have agreed on every aspect of the statement except a section on climate change, an official told Reuters.

ADVERTISEMENT

The group worked late into the night and are still in final negotiations on Saturday in hopes of issuing a united statement.

"We have a G20 communique, not a G19 communique," the official told Reuters.

The statement reportedly noted that 19 of the 20 countries - with the U.S. the only exclusion - are committed to the Paris agreement on climate change. Trump announced his intention to pull the U.S. out of the accord in early June.

Every member of the group except the U.S. reaffirmed the Paris climate accord as “irreversible," according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, reported the Associated Press.

The contentious passage in the section reportedly reads: “The United States of America will endeavor to work closely with other partners to help their access to and use of fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently.”

-This report was updated at 10:48 a.m. with the latest information.