France and India to work together to combat climate change

Cheryl Sanders
June 4, 2017

While on a visit to Paris India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) said commitment to the Paris climate change agreement will be "a gift that this generation can give".

Macron's Foreign Ministry tweeted a debunk video Friday which both refutes and ridicules Trump's reasoning for withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, the latest escalation in the unique social media diplomacy taking place between the two leaders. "For us, this (protection of environment) is an article of faith".

Trump earlier in the day said the USA was withdrawing from the Paris climate change deal, agreed by more than 190 nations.

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

"We have natural resources because our previous generations protected these resources".

Macron greeted the Indian prime minister with a bear hug in the courtyard of the presidential Elysee Palace, while Modi said later that Macron's victory over far-right leader Marine Le Pen in May "encouraged the entire world".

Macron said that during two hours of the talks that encompassed trade, defence and the anti-terror fight the pair had "mainly discussed our commitment to the climate".

Modi said India and France enjoy deep-rooted ties and the two nations have been working together for a very long time, bilaterally and multilaterally.

At the initiative of India, Modi and then French President Francois Hollande had jointly launched the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in Paris at the UN Conference of Parties (CoP) on climate change in Paris on November 30, 2015. The Prime Minister said he was glad that Putin had publicly stated that the resolution would be discussed.In a draft letter to António Guterres, the UN secretary-general, Bloomberg said executive branch of the US government does not determine many aspects of whether and how the United States takes action on climate change. He said, "France fully supports India's fight against terrorism".

He said, several Indians fought in the first two world wars for world peace.

"I look forward to meeting President Macron and have discussions on issues of mutual interest", Modi had said ahead of his visit.

The 39-year-old Macron created history last month by becoming the youngest-ever president of France.

The Prime Minister appreciated the positivity of French President towards the International Solar alliance.

"To all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the president of the United States, I want to say that they will find in France a second homeland".

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