French President Emmanuel Macron will visit India to convene a meeting of the world solar alliance.
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. "I will be travelling to India towards the end of this year and convene a meeting of the world solar alliance," Mr Macron said while addressing the media with Prime Minister Modi
after bilateral talks. He said that both he and PM Modi were convinced that India and France can do a lot together in the area of environmental transition and climate change.
At the initiative of India, PM Modi and then French President Francois Hollande had jointly launched the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in Paris at the UN Conference of Parties (CoP) on climate change in Paris on November 30, 2015. PM Modi said today that go "above and beyond" the Paris Accord
to combat climate change.
The agreement signed by 195 countries in the French capital in 2015 "can protect future generations and give new hope," the prime minister said.
PM Narendra Modi gave a joint statement on climate change with French President Emmanuel Macron
The Solar Alliance is conceived as a coalition of solar resource-rich countries to address their special energy needs and provide a platform to collaborate on dealing with the identified gaps through a common, agreed approach.
It is open to all 121 prospective member countries falling between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.
Mr Macron's remarks came even as US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the Paris climate agreement.
On his part, PM Modi thanked Macron for accepting his invitation.
PM Modi arrived in Paris on Friday on the fourth and final leg of his six-day, four-nation tour of Europe.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)