Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron said their countries would cooperate in the fight against climate change, just days after the U.S. withdrew from the Paris climate agreement.
Modi said in Russia on Friday that he would continue to back the deal and Macron has said the 2015 Paris agreement is irreversible despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw. The Paris climate agreement is a shared legacy of the world and it will benefit the future generations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday, vowing to go “above and beyond” the accord to combat climate change. “The protection of the environment and the mother planet is an article of faith,” Modi said at a joint news conference with Macron in Paris.
Macron said that France would go above and beyond its Paris agreement commitments. He said he planned a visit to India before year-end for a first summit of the International Solar Alliance, an initiative launched by New Delhi and Paris during the Paris climate talks. Macron said the alliance would lead to concrete measures in favour of solar energy and commit the companies of both nations.
The alliance seeks to mobilise more than a trillion dollars by 2030 and bring together well over 100 solar-rich countries to deliver solar energy to some of the planet’s poorest.
The two leaders said they had also discussed how to combat terrorism and that they would work on concrete initiatives before the end of the year to fight terrorism on the internet.
Ties between the two countries have grown in recent years most notably in the defence sector with New Delhi ordering 36 French-made Rafale fighter jets.
The two countries are also in talks about nuclear power and French utility EDF in January 2016 signed a preliminary pact to build six Areva-designed European Pressurised Reactors at Jaitapur.