Issuing a joint statement with France premier Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that New Delhi and Paris share deep-rooted bilateral and multilaterally ties. The Indian PM added that two talks were aimed at boost a wide range of relations in terms of technology, innovation and investment and energy. “India and France enjoy deep-rooted ties. Our nations have been working together for a very long time, bilaterally and multilaterally,” PM said. “Be it trade and technology, innovation and investment, energy, education and enterprise, we want to give a boost to India-France ties,” PM Modi added. “We want to improve the cultural relations between India and France. Several Indians fought in the first two world wars for world peace,” he said further.
Speaking on the Paris climate agreement, Modi said that it’s a shared responsibility. “Paris Agreement is a shared legacy of the world. It will benefit the future generations as well,” PM Modi said. “Paris Agreement reflects our duty towards protecting the Earth and our natural resources. For us, this is an article of faith,” he added. “We have natural resources because our previous generations protected these resources. We must do the same for our future,” PM Modi said further.
Modi’s statements come in backdrop of 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. Trump alleged the agreement unfairly benefited countries like India and China.
India would “continue working on this…above and beyond the Paris accord,” the prime minister said. “We have natural resources because our previous generations protected these resources. We must do the same for our future generations,” Modi said.
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