GER­MANY, IN­DIA TO FIGHT TER­ROR

PM, Merkel re­it­er­ate sup­port for re­new­able en­ergy

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Ber­lin, May 30: Warn­ing that ter­ror­ism poses a grave threat to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Tues­day said forces of hu­man­ity should come to­gether to com­bat the men­ace as In­dia and Ger­many vowed to take “strong mea­sures” against those who en­cour­age, sup­port and fi­nance it.

He made the re­marks af­ter over an hour-long wide-rang­ing talks with Ger­man Chan­cel­lor Angela Merkel on a host of key is­sues like trade, skill devel­op­ment and cli­mate change. “The pace of devel­op­ment of our re­la­tions is fast, di­rec­tion pos­i­tive and des­ti­na­tion clear. Ger­many will al­ways find In­dia as a pow­er­ful, pre­pared and ca­pa­ble part­ner,” he said.

Ber­lin, May 30: It would be an “im­moral and crim­i­nal act” to spoil the en­vi­ron­ment for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi said on Tues­day and un­der­lined the need to pro­tect na­ture, as the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion mulls to over­turn the US’ po­si­tion on the 2015 Paris cli­mate ac­cord.

Mr Modi’s re­marks came dur­ing a joint press in­ter­ac­tion with Ger­man Chan­cel­lor Angela Merkel af­ter the two lead­ers agreed to con­tinue co­op­er­a­tion to­wards the com­mon aim of de­vel­op­ing cli­mate-friendly, ef­fi­cient and sus­tain­able so­lu­tions for In­dia’s ex­pand­ing en­ergy needs and other ar­eas of sus­tain­able devel­op­ment.

Em­pha­sis­ing the im­por­tance of pro­tect­ing na­ture, Mr Modi said “play­ing with the well-be­ing of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions would be an im­moral and crim­i­nal act.”

In re­sponse to a ques­tion on cli­mate change, the Prime Min­is­ter re­it­er­ated In­dia’s timeless val­ues of nur­tur­ing and pro­tect­ing na­ture.

Mr Modi also re­called In­dia’s com­mit­ment to gen­er­ate 175 Gi­gaWatts of en­ergy from re­new­able sources by 2022.

Later in a joint state­ment, Mr Modi and Ms Merkel ex­pressed great ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the suc­cess­ful co­op­er­a­tion on fos­ter­ing re­new­able en­er­gies in In­dia.

Build­ing on ex­ist­ing for­mats of co­op­er­a­tion, the lead­ers re­it­er­ated their sup­port to the Indo-Ger­man Cli­mate and Re­new­ables Al­liance as an over­ar­ch­ing al­liance be­tween In­dia and Ger­many with the ob­jec­tive to give recog­ni­tion to on­go­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion of var­i­ous stake­hold­ers on en­ergy and cli­mate change as well as to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion and syn­er­gies in these fields. They un­der­lined the im­por­tance of the Indo-Ger­man En­ergy Fo­rum in con­tribut­ing to the fur­ther devel­op­ment of the In­dian en­ergy sec­tor.

— PTI

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and Ger­man Chan­cel­lor Angela Merkel dur­ing the agree­ment sign­ing cer­e­mony in Ber­lin on Tues­day.

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