India, France show common front on climate change fight

After their joint declaration, they went together to a memorial to commemorate Indian soldiers who fought in France in World War I.

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

Echoing the points made by Modi, Macron said the world is witnessing a do-or-die moment, with those backing out from the deal are betraying the future generations.

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.

Narendra Modi and Emmanuel Macron on June 3. "Our nations have been working together for a very long time, bilaterally & multilaterally".

Macron said he'd accepted an invitation from Modi to visit India later this year to attend a meeting to promote solar energy.

"The Indians had a vision of Europe over the last couple of years that was a bit cataclysmic partly because of the crises we went through, Brexit and the far-right wave", a senior French diplomat said.

Paris, Jun 3 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India will "go above and beyond" to protect climate as he termed the Paris climate agreement as a shared legacy of the world, a day after the United States president walked out of the deal.

(AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu). French President Emmanuel Macton, left, welcomes Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, before their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Saturday, June 3, 2017. During visits last week to Spain and Berlin - ahead of the US announcement - Modi expressed his commitment to the accord.

Prime Minister Modi today met Emmanuel Macron and discussed issues of worldwide and mutual interests including ways to enhance the strategic ties, countering terrorism and climate change.

"As far as the Paris accord is concerned. our government is committed irrespective of the stand of anyone, anywhere in the world", Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan told reporters. "For us, this is an article of faith", PM Modi said.

Just two days after the U.S. announced its withdrawal from the global deal on curbing carbon emissions, Modi said it was "part of the world's shared heritage" and that India would "continue working on this. above and beyond the Paris accord".

The Prime Minister thanked President Macron for the warm welcome and congratulated him for the election victory. France contributes to various development projects in India, including defence, space research, nuclear energy and civic projects, PTI reported.

  • Leroy Wright