Vatican, Germany reaffirm Paris climate accord post-US

Pope Francis and German Chancellor Angela Merkel exchange gifts on the occasion of their private audience, at the Vatican, Saturday, Ju

Pope Francis sits at a table with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the occasion of their private audience, at the Vatican City, Satur

Pope Francis meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the occasion of their private audience, at the Vatican City, Saturday, June

Pope Francis and German Chancellor Angela Merkel share a laugh after exchanging gifts on the occasion of their private audience, at the

Pope Francis looks on after his private audience with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, at the Vatican, Saturday, June 17, 2017. (Ettore

German Chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands with Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin following of her private audience with Pope

Pope Francis and German Chancellor Angela Merkel share a laugh after exchanging gifts on the occasion of their private audience, at the

Pope Francis and German Chancellor Angela Merkel exchange gifts on the occasion of their private audience, at the Vatican, Saturday, Ju

Pope Francis and German Chancellor Angela Merkel exchange gifts on the occasion of their private audience, at the Vatican, Saturday, Ju

Pope Francis smiles with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer, left, on the occasion of their private audience

Pope Francis smiles with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer, left, on the occasion of their private audience

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer, left, meet with Pope Francis on the occasion of their private audience,

Pope Francis shares a laugh with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer, left, on the occasion of their private

Pope Francis shares a laugh with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer, left, on the occasion of their private

Pope Francis poses for a photograph with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer, left, on the occasion of their

Pope Francis walks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the occasion of their private audience, at the Vatican City, Saturday, June

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, accompanied by Vatican Prefect of the Pontifical Household, Archbishop Georg Ganswein, left, arrives a

Pope Francis sits at a table with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the occasion of their private audience, at the Vatican City, Satur

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is welcomed by Vatican Prefect of the Pontifical Household, Archbishop Georg Ganswein, right, upon her

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, followed by her husband Joachim Sauer, left, are welcomed by Vatican Prefect of the Pontifical Househo

VATICAN CITY (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Pope Francis encouraged her to work to preserve the Paris climate accord despite the U.S. withdrawal and shared her aim to "bring down walls," and not build them.

Merkel and Francis met for about 40 minutes Saturday, focusing on the Group of 20 summit Germany is hosting in Hamburg July 7-8.

The Vatican said the talks focused on the need for the international community to combat poverty, hunger, terrorism and climate change.

Merkel told reporters she briefed the pope on Germany's G-20 agenda, which she said "assumes that we are a world in which we want to work together multilaterally, a world in which we don't want to build walls but bring down walls."

She said Francis encouraged her to fight for the Paris accord.