Emmanuel Macron to visit India for world solar alliance meet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron and discussed issues of worldwide and mutual interests including ways to enhance the strategic ties, countering terrorism and climate change. "The world's oldest civilization invites you all", he said.

On his part, PM Modi thanked Macron for accepting his invitation.

His remarks came after US President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw from the Paris climate change deal on curbing carbon emissions, which had been agreed by more than 190 nations.

Macron described it as a "concrete instrument" in the fight against climate warming, and said other countries would be brought in at the India summit.

"We have nothing to be apologetic about as a country", Trump's top climate advisor Scott Pruitt said Friday - despite the USA being the world's second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases after China.

"India and France jointly gave birth to this idea of Paris accord". But France hopes to get a clear confirmation that India, the world's fourth-largest producer of greenhouse gas, will fulfil its commitment and send a strong signal to the worldwide community. "France will stand by India in the fight against terrorism", he said.

PM Modi also appreciated the positivity of President Macron towards the International Solar Alliance. "We must do the same for our future", he said in Paris.

USA think tank Climate Interactive predicts that if all nations fully achieve their Paris pledges, the average global surface temperature rise by 2100 will be 3.3C, or 3.6C without the US. Innocent people, women, children lose their lives to terror. "Several Indians fought in the first two world wars for world peace", he said.

Complimenting Macron on his electoral victory, Modi expressed the hope that the French leader's "energetic, visionary and young leadership" would provide strong and successful helming for not only France but also contribute to a strong European Union to maintain a balance in the global order. India has bought 36 Rafale fighter jets, the delta-winged French aircraft that have been a hard sell.

"Now that the United States is out I think it is a great opportunity for the remaining 194 [states] to come together and make it really strong because most of the countries are feeling the pain of climate change".

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