Rosario Murillo, Nicaragua's Vice President, greets supporters during President Daniel Ortega's swearing-in ceremony at Revolution Square in Managua, Nicaragua, 10 January 2017. Oswaldo Rivas / REUTERS

By Enrique Pretel, with additional reporting by Valerie Volcovici in Washington; Writing by Gabriel Stargardter; Editing by Peter Cooney and Lisa Shumaker

23 October 2017 (Reuters) – Nicaragua is set to join the Paris climate agreement, according to an official statement and comments from Vice President Rosario Murillo on Monday, in a move that leaves the United States and Syria as the only nations outside the global pact.

Nicaragua has already presented the relevant documents at the United Nations, Murillo, who is also first lady, said on local radio on Monday.

"It is the only instrument we have in the world that allows the unity of intentions and efforts to face up to climate change and natural disasters," Murillo said.

U.S. President Donald Trump said in June he would withdraw the United States from the accord, and Nicaragua's decision to enter the pact means only two countries will now be outside it - the world's No. 1 economy and war-torn Syria.

Nicaragua, a poor Central American nation that is often threatened by hurricanes, was the only nation to reject the agreement in 2015, and has argued for far more drastic action to limit rising temperatures. [more]

Nicaragua Will Join Paris Climate Pact, Leaving U.S., Syria Isolated



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