India, France to jointly work on climate change
New Delhi, June 3: India and France today cemented their bilateral ties as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.The two leaders also renewed their commitment to climate change, indicating that Europe and India, along with other nations are willing to move forward on the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement even as the US retreats from its international obligations.
Modi said climate and terrorism were two major threats in front of humanity. France extended its support to India in its fight against terrorism. The threat of terrorism has been a consistent theme in Modi’s Europe tour wherein his talks in Germany, Russia, Spain and now France, the PM has sought to bring global attention to the terrorism and also seek support from Europe on the issue.
On the Paris deal, both leaders seemed to be on the same page. Modi said: “Paris agreement reflects our duty towards protecting the Earth and our natural resources. For us, this is an article of faith.”Macron supported Modi’s vision and said: “France is committed to fighting climate change and will continue not only within framework of Paris accord but also in actions we are implementing.”