U.S. asked for more time on climate policy: Italy minister

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Posted: Apr 10, 2017 9:03 AM

ROME (Reuters) - Countries from the G7 group of advanced economies did not sign a joint declaration at the end of an energy meeting in Rome as the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump needs more time to work on its climate policy, an Italian minister said on Monday.

"The United States is in the process of reviewing many of its policies. This includes a review of policies relating to climate change and the Paris Agreement," Italian Industry Minister Carlo Calenda said on the sidelines of the meeting.

"While this is under way the United States reserves its position on these key priorities ... It was not possible to sign a joint declaration since it would not cover the whole range of topics in the agenda," he added.

Calenda said that all other European Union countries remained strongly committed to the Paris accord to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

(Reporting by Stephen Jewkes and Alberto Sisto, editing by Francesca Landini)