PM Modi to hold talks with new French President Macron today

The Prime Minister said the slogan of "sabka saath, sabka vikas" was not applicable only in India but also for the whole world.

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

India has taken various reformist measures to ward off red-tapism and has brought in transparency into the system, Modi said. Narendra Modi had called to congratulate Macron earlier this month on his victory and assured to work with him to further deepen the bilateral cooperation between India and France.

The two countries agreed to fight terrorism in all its forms, he added.

"For the last 5000 years, even when I was not born, it has been the tradition in India to protect the environment", Modi said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday and discussed issues of global and mutual interests, including ways to enhance strategic ties, countering terrorism and climate change.

"A meeting to mark a new warmth and friendship".

Addressing the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) here in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin, he said India has traditionally been respecting nature and desisted from exploiting it. The Indian Prime Minister also visited Germany and Spain during this Europe visit, and held talks with the leaders there.

Trump earlier in the day said the U.S. was withdrawing from the Paris climate change deal, agreed by 195 nations. In their joint statement on Saturday, both the leaders reiterated their resolve to work towards climate protection "above and beyond" what is mandated towards them as per the agreement.

On his part, Macron said he wants to restate Frances full commitment to the fight against climate warming.

"France is committed to take forward the fight against climate change, and would continue to do so within and outside the framework of Paris climate agreement", he said. "India and France enjoy deep-rooted ties". Our nations have been working together for a very long time, bilaterally and multilaterally. "Many Indian soldiers died for our country, for its freedom", Macron said.

"The eyes of the world are on Asia and there is renewed interest in India".

  • Leroy Wright