PM Modi meets French President Macron

The two leaders, who met for the first time, announced no contracts or new initiatives.

"Trump's decision is very bad news, but we have to move on with world's key actors, starting with India", said the diplomat. Macron's call on Thursday for the accord's remaining 194 countries to fill the void left by the USA may see the two sides push for greater cooperation.

In a sign that France intends to lead resistance to Trump on climate change the foreign ministry on Friday published a pointed rebuttal of his claims about the Paris deal on Twitter.

"We have natural resources because our previous generations protected these resources".

"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.

"Reached France for a vital visit to enhance ties with one of our most important strategic partners", Modi said in a tweet after landing in Paris.

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

Putin repeated calls for bolstering the country's business climate and cleaning up the judiciary, but critics say the Kremlin leader has failed to make good in the past on pledges to make serious changes.

The Paris agreement's central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping the global temperature rise in this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Addressing a joint press conference, Prime Minister Modi said that terrorism and climate are two big challenges in front of humanity.

"We cannot see the danger of climate change but we can see the horrific effects of terrorism, we can feel it". Innocent people, women, children lose their lives to terror. "Bureaucracy too has to be vibrant and in tune with leadership", PM Modi said. "It is a shared legacy of the world", he said.

Macron said he would visit India, the world's third-largest polluter, by the end of the year for a summit on solar power - an area where the two planned greater cooperation and on which they hoped to rope in "many other countries". "In this direction India and France are taking several measures".

Investments and bilateral trform a significant part of India-France strategic ties.

He also expressed interest in improving the cultural relations between India and France.

Prime Minister Modi also met and interacted with 16 Governors of various provinces of Russian Federation. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.

  • Leroy Wright