Modi tells Macron India will 'go beyond' Paris accord

2017-06-03 21:24
French President Emmanuel Macron hugs Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they attend a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. (Charles Platiau, AP)

French President Emmanuel Macron hugs Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they attend a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. (Charles Platiau, AP)

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Paris - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed after meeting French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday to go "above and beyond" the Paris Agreement on climate change, after the US said it would quit the deal.

Speaking just days after US President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw from the deal on curbing carbon emissions, Modi said it was "part of the world's shared heritage" and that India would "continue working...above and beyond the Paris accord".

Commitment to climate

The agreement signed by 195 countries in the French capital in 2015 "can protect future generations and give new hope," the Indian leader said.

He avoiding direct criticism of Trump's move, however.

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".

"I want to restate here France's full commitment to the fight against climate warming," said the president, who reacted to Trump's announcement Thursday with a memorable call to "make the planet great again" -- a play on Trump's pledge to "make America great again" that has been shared by tens of thousands of Twitter users.

Macron said he would visit India, the world's third-largest carbon emitter, by the end of the year for an international summit on solar power - an area on which France plans closer co-operation with the Asian power.

Holy texts

The Frenchman has led Europe's defence of the Paris accord in the face of Trump's climate scepticism.

As justification for his move Trump accused China and India of benefitting from the deal at the expense of the US.

Modi said protecting "mother Earth" was part of Indian culture, enshrined in the country's holy texts.

Read more on:    narendra modi  |  emmanuel macron  |  france  |  climate change

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