White House Says Obama, Xi Committed to 'Ambitious' Climate Deal


U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping are committed to reaching an "ambitious" climate deal in Paris, the White House said Friday, after a late night phone call between the two leaders.

"Following his productive calls earlier this week with Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi and Presidents (Francois) Hollande and (Dilma) Rousseff, President Obama spoke by phone last night with President Xi Jinping of China to coordinate efforts at the ongoing Paris climate conference," a White House statement said.

"Both leaders agreed that the Paris conference presents a crucial opportunity to galvanize global efforts to meet the climate change challenge," it continued. 

"They committed that their negotiating teams in Paris would continue to work closely together and with others to realize the vision of an ambitious climate agreement."

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