Climate and terrorism two big threats for humanity: PM Modi in France
Prime Minister Modi earlier arrived in Paris for the final leg of his six-day, four-nation tour of Europe. Photograph: (AFP)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Paris on the last leg of his six-day four-nation tour of Europe.
He met the newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron at Elysee Palace, his official residence, in Paris.
"A meeting to mark a new warmth and friendship. PM @narendramodi meets new French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris," Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted.
Addressing a joint press conference, Prime Minister Modi said that terrorism and climate are two big challenges in front of humanity.
Climate and terrorism are two big threats in front of humanity: PM Modi at Elysee Palace in Paris pic.twitter.com/fJygEPloFY— ANI (@ANI_news) June 3, 2017
The two leaders also discussed ways to combat terrorism.
Talking about the Paris Climate Accord, which has been under fire from the Trump administration, the Prime Minister said that it is a shared legacy of the world and India will 'go above and beyond' to protect climate.
The Prime Minister, after holding wide-ranging talks with the French President, said that Paris Agreement reflects "our duty towards protecting the Earth and our natural resources. For us, this is an article of faith".
On Friday, Modi attended the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, the first by an Indian Prime Minister, where he invited the Russian business fraternity to come and explore opportunities in areas of defence, services sector and manufacturing healthcare equipments in India.
"The eyes of the world are on Asia and there is renewed interest in India. In the last three years there have been substantial reforms guided by the principle of `Minimum Government, Maximum Governance'. India is one of the fastest growing economies and is undertaking reforms at a rapid pace," he said.
(WION with inputs from PTI and ANI)
Both the leaders held bilateral talks over a range of issues. Tackling the issue of terrorism and climate change was the key takeaway in the meeting between the two leaders (WION)