Modi vows to 'go above and beyond' Paris climate accord
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 2:24
India and France on Saturday agreed to further deepen their cooperation to tackle one of the biggest challenges+ of terrorism as Prime Minister Narendra Modi met newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron here. The world does know, however, what Putin said during the forum's plenary session, which also featured Modi, and was moderated by Megyn Kelly, now of NBC News. 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.
Speaking at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Prime Minister Modi said, "The eyes of the world are on Asia and there is renewed interest in India". Before Russia, Modi also visited Germany and Spain and held talks with the top leadership there. It has also come at an awkward moment as Modi is set to make an official visit to the USA later this month. "We must do the same for our future generations", Modi said. India believes in the credo of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, the Prime Minister said, adding that we wish to take everyone together on the path to development.
"The protection of the environment and the mother planet is an article of faith", Mr Modi said at a joint news conference with Macron in Paris. His speech earlier, however, was nearly entirely devoted to attracting foreign investment. "At least Kelly didn't ask PM Modi if India hs Twitter!". He urged global businesses to invest in India and said that the sky is the limit for possibilities in India.
France is also a major partner of India in defence cooperation and the ninth largest investment partner. "Fifty cities need metros, 500 cities need solid waste management and drinking water". It needs to be expanded, upgraded technologically to make it safer and reliable.
Asked by the moderator whether India would side with the United States or others on the Paris climate change deal, Modi replied, "it is not a question of which way I go". He said during the meeting that there is enormous potential for further growth of Spanish investments in India.
"India is a huge country of more than 1 billion population. The world's oldest civilization invites you all", he said. In the last three years there have been substantial reforms guided by the principle of 'Minimum Government, Maximum Governance.
He said France wants more Indian students to come to France for education and similarly French students going to India.