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‘India not affected by pressure from any country on climate’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday ruled out India coming under pressure from any country on global climate pact as India and US announced steps to boost cooperation in clean energy and confront climate change issues. Speaking at a joint press conference with President Barack Obama, Modi said that the challenge posed by global warming was enough reason for countries to take action and hoped there would be a “successful” agreement in the forthcoming climate conference in Paris end of this year.

“President (Obama) and I expressed hope for a successful Paris Conference on climate change this year,” Modi said.

Acknowledging India’s role in the climate change talks, Obama said, “India’s voice is very important on this issue”. “Perhaps no country could potentially be more affected by the impacts of climate change and no country is going to be more important in moving forward a strong agreement than India,” he added. He said that the two countries have agreed to make “concrete progress” in phasing out major greenhouse gases apart from expanding solar energy initiatives and launching joint projects to improve air quality in Indian cities.
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