President of France Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that their countries would cooperate in the fight against climate change, just days after the U.S. withdrew from the Paris climate agreement.
Prime Minister Modi said that he would continue to support the deal and Macron has said the 2015 Paris agreement is irreversible despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out.
“The protection of the environment and the mother planet is an article of faith,” Modi said at a joint news conference with Macron in Paris.
The two leaders, who met for the first time are yet to announce any contracts or new initiatives.
“We are both convinced that our countries have to do a lot for the ecological and environmental transition and the fight against global warming,” Macron said, adding that France would go above and beyond its Paris agreement commitments.
He said he had plans a visit to India before the end of 2017 for a first summit of the International Solar Alliance, an initiative launched by New Delhi and Paris during the Paris climate talks.
The alliance which seeks to mobilize more than a trillion dollars by 2030 will lead to concrete measures in favor of solar energy and bring together well over 100 solar-rich countries to deliver solar energy to some of the planet’s poorest.
The two leaders said they had also discussed how to combat terrorism and that they would work on concrete initiatives before the end of the year to fight terrorism on the internet.