Major economies to agree 2 degrees climate goal: Merkel

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel is pictured at the opening of a round table session at the G8 summit in L'Aquila July 8, 2009. REUTERS/Michel Euler/Pool

L’AQUILA, Italy (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday the world’s major economies would reach a deal to limit global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius.

“We will today agree on a joint document of the big economies -- the Major Economies Forum (MEF),” Merkel told reporters.

Merkel also said she expected industrialized countries to set mid-term climate change goals by the end of the year.

She added she did not expect a breakthrough on climate change at the meeting of the Group of Twenty nations in September.