PM Modi departs for India after four-nation tour


Macron said those who are skeptical of the Paris Agreement's future that the accord "remains irreversible and will be implemented" by those nations still committed to it.

"For Indians, environmental protection is a profession of faith because we learn it in the vedas (ancient Hindu scriptures)", he said, in remarks translated from Hindi into French. "This does not include nuclear energy but is only solar, wind, biomass and hydro (power)".

"I want the world to know that the USA will meet its Paris commitments and that through partnerships among cities, states and businesses we will seek to remain part of the Paris agreement process", Bloomberg said.

American scientists, progressives and other "responsible citizens" have been invited by the French president to a "second homeland" in France after U.S. President Donald Trump announced on June 1 his administration's rejection of the Paris Climate Agreement.

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He said his own foundation will help coordinate the USA effort, which will be called America's Pledge, and it will help submit "nationally determined contributions" like other nations. It will also help fulfil the Paris agreement reporting requirements so that the world can track the United States' progress.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday their countries would cooperate in the fight against climate change, just days after the USA withdrew from the Paris climate agreement.

Macron also acknowledged that the menace of "terrorism has been striking India and France in different ways" and added that both the nations have pledged to work in defence cooperation, maritime security and intelligence. "Other actors - political and economical and civil - have stood up, and thousands of promising initiatives are being taken".

Bloomberg pledged 15 million dollars to support the agreement's coordinating agency in the event the U.S. refused to pay its share.