Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Indian PM Modi vows to go 'above and beyond' climate accord

Indian PM Modi vows to go 'above and beyond' climate accord

Modi, who arrived in Paris on the last leg of his tour, held wide-ranging talks with newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron at the presidential Elysee Palace.

President Macron said he and Modi spoke for two hours about trade, defense and the anti-terror fight but added they "mainly discussed our commitment to the climate".

While addressing a press conference, Vardhan said, "India is the most honest in terms of commitment for respected issues related to environment, fight against pollution, preservation of biodiversity, forest, nature, river and everything".

Lauding France's efforts to fight climate change, the prime minister said that "France is committed to fighting climate change and will continue, not only within the framework of Paris accord, but also in actions we are implementing".

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An enthusiastic Modi said the French centrist's election had "encouraged the whole world".

India, which accounts for 4.1 percent of global emissions, has not agreed to cap or cut its emissions outright like other countries but has said it will massively increase its use of green energy.

Macron said he would visit India, the world's third-largest polluter, by the end of the year for a summit on solar power, an area where the two planned greater cooperation and on which they hoped to rope in "many other countries". "World needs to unite to defeat the menace of terrorism", Modi said.

The two countries are also in talks about nuclear power and French utility EDF in January previous year signed a preliminary pact to build six Areva-designed European Pressurised Reactors (EPR) at Jaitapur, on India's western coast.

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France and India have launched the Global Solar Alliance aimed at developing solar energy and making it accessible to everyone.

The leaders of France and India have vowed to work together to fight climate change.

Modi said the Paris Agreement reflects "our duty towards protecting the Earth and our natural resources". India has bought 36 Rafale fighter jets, the delta-winged French aircraft that have been a hard sell.

39-year-old Macron created history last month by becoming the youngest president of France. Modi had congratulated Macron on his poll victory and had said he looked forward to work with him to further deepen the bilateral ties.

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The resulting greenhouse gas emissions thus appear on other countries' ledgers. "We will support them and fight on their side". "History will harshly judge the Trump administration's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement ", he said .

In a touching gesture, PM Modi and French President Macron jointly paid tributes to Indians who died for France.

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