French President Macron to visit India this year

ISA was launched in November 30, 2015, as a coalition of solar resource rich countries jointly by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then French President Francois Hollande in the presence of the then UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

"For Indians, environmental protection is a profession of faith because we learn it in the vedas (ancient Hindu scriptures)", he said, in remarks translated from Hindi into French.

"Trump's decision is very bad news, but we have to move on with world's key actors, starting with India", said the diplomat.

Trump said the agreement unfairly benefited countries like India and China.

"What president Trump has done was to unite the world for the first time after signing the Paris agreement", Buhan said.

Macron described it as a "concrete instrument" in the fight against climate warming, and said other countries would be brought in at the India summit.

"Within a lot of uncertainty and instability where we don't know in which direction the world's great powers are going, it's important to show that the relationship between France and India is stable", said the diplomat. India would "continue working on this...above and beyond the Paris accord", the prime minister said.

"Now that the U.S. is out I think it is a great opportunity for the remaining 194 [states] to come together and make it really strong because most of the countries are feeling the pain of climate change". "Every child in France understands the danger of terrorism as it has experienced it".

The two countries' industrial and military partnerships "will intensify", he said.

Observing that the world is passing through a crisis, Modi said that he and Macron discussed terrorism extensively, on how to save the world from terror and radicalisation, and how to "go forward in deradicalisation and how to strengthen the fight against terror".

France is India's 9th largest investment partner and a key ally in its development initiatives in the area of defence, space, nuclear and renewable energy, urban development and railways. Kelly, a journalist and news anchor at National Broadcasting Company, asked the question while interacting with Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum which she was to moderate.

  • Salvatore Jensen