EU says Paris agreement to endure despite U.S. withdrawal

Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-02 05:41:49|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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BRUSSELS, June 1 (Xinhua) -- Miguel Arias Canete, European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, said on Thursday the Paris climate agreement will endure despite U.S. decision to withdraw from the pact.

"The world can continue to count on Europe for global leadership in the fight against climate change," Canete said in a statement after U.S. President Donald Trump on the same day announced decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement.

Canete said that the European Union (EU) deeply regretted the unilateral decision made by the Trump administration.

"The Paris Agreement will endure," he said, "Europe will lead through ambitious climate policies and through continued support to the poor and vulnerable."

At the same time, the Commissioner said, "The EU will strengthen its existing partnerships and seek new alliances from the world's largest economies to the most vulnerable island states."

According to him, the partnership will also include many U.S. businesses, citizens and communities that have voiced support for the pact.

Canete said Europe and its partners around the world are ready to lead the way and work together to face one of the most compelling challenges of the time.