PM Narendra Modi during the last leg of his 4 country tour, visited France and held a meeting with the new French President Emmanuel Macron. During the meeting, India and France vowed to work together for the successful implementation of the landmark Paris climate agreement and fight the challenge posed by terrorism.
Modi said India is committed to “go above and beyond” the Paris deal to protect climate for future generations as he termed the UN-brokered agreement a shared legacy of the world. India supports the Paris climate deal and promised to go beyond the deal just a day after US President Donald Trump declared that United States will abandon the climate deal. Speaking at a news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, Mr Modi described the agreement as part of “our duty to protect Mother Earth”.
Saying that the accord represented “sanjhi virasat” (shared heritage) of the whole world, Modi said India believed protection of the environment is an article of faith and part of an ancient tradition that respects nature. “It is our duty to give a gift to the next generation,” he said, in repudiation of Trump’s rant against India for allegedly seeking billions and billions of dollars to sign the deal. India is the world’s fourth-biggest emitter of carbon dioxide, after China, the US and the EU and with reduction in carbon emission and greenhouse effect, the contribution of India will prove to be significant for the whole world.
Describing the city of Paris as an important part of his political journey, the prime minister said India and France had worked shoulder to shoulder for this agreement. Macron said he wants to restate France’s full commitment to the fight against climate warming. The two leaders voiced concern over the growing threat of terrorism worldwide. Macron said that the issues of tackling terrorism was discussed at length during his talks with Prime Minister Modi and France fully supports India’s fight against terrorism. The two leaders agreed to fight terrorism in all its forms and to work on concrete plans to fight terrorism on the internet before the end of the year.