Syria has become a signatory of the Paris climate agreement – leaving the US as the only country in the world not to support the framework deal to combat greenhouse gas emissions.
When President Donald Trump announced he intended to pull the US out of the agreement – it initially meant America would join Nicaragua and Syria on a small list of countries who were not part of the deal.
The war-torn Middle East nation made the announcement in Bonn Germany at the COP 23 UN climate summit.
Syria is facing the sixth year of a brutal civil conflict – which started with rebel groups fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad and expanded to include a battle against Isis.
The Paris accord was signed by nearly 200 countries in December 2015 in an effort to curb global greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming to within 2 degrees Celsius.
Until recently Nicaragua was also a holdout nation but only because the Central American country felt the agreement did not go far enough in putting limits on emissions and helping poorer countries adapt to an already-changed planet – with solid financial commitments by wealthier nations.