PM Modi leaves for India after wrapping up four-nation tour

Accepting an invitation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, new French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday said that he will be visiting India by the end of this year.

"We are in favor of this Paris Agreement and we will continue to work in that direction, even beyond the Paris Agreement, even if this agreement did not exist", Modi said at the close of the two leaders' talks. "For us, this is an article of faith". He said, the Paris agreement reflects the duty towards protecting the Earth and the natural resources.

Together with Macron he vowed to go "above and beyond" the provisions of the Paris accord to combat climate change. It will benefit the future generations as well as us.

Trump's decision to pull out of the accord, which seeks to curb carbon emissions and has been agreed by nearly all countries, has come under global attack.

The French president, who responded to Trump's withdrawal by calling the Paris Agreement "irreversible", said France would surpass its Paris agreement commitments.

Macron said he would visit India before the year's end for an global summit on solar power.

"Terrorism is one of the biggest challenges the world is facing today", Prime Minister Modi said, adding that he and Macron discussed extensively on how to save the world from terrorism and radicalisation.

"Our commitment for climate change and other issues is irrespective of whether somebody is supporting us or not".

Ties between India and France have grown in recent years, most notably in the defense sector with New Delhi ordering 36 French-made Rafale fighter jets. Macron meets Modi as the world reels over Trump's with.

During Friday's daily news briefing, White House spokesman Sean Spicer and Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt said they had not had a discussion with the president on his views on climate change and that they could not answer questions about what the president thought. "Both our countries are committed to work together in defence cooperation, maritime security and fighting terrorism on the internet too. France will stand by India in the fight against terrorism", he said.

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

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

Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies says the world's average temperature has risen by about 0.8C since 1880, two-thirds of that since 1975.

The two are also in talks over nuclear power and renewable energy deals, although the Paris visit is not aimed at sealing contracts.

Addressing media after the meeting, the Prime Minister thanked President Macron for the warm welcome and congratulated him for the election victory.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday left for home after wrapping up his four-nation tour of Germany, Spain, Russia and France.

In what is fast becoming a trademark of Macron's newly-minted administration, France's new president is giving Trump a taste of his own medicine with some tasteful trolling on Twitter.

  • Leroy Wright