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India is committed to protecting the climate, irrespective of the Paris agreement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here today but avoided a direct reference to the U.S. withdrawing from the global deal.

He expressed confidence in Americans to continue to lead the way to protect the environment.

"What I am trying to say is that to reduce gas emissions by 26-28% by 2025, which is not far off, there is a need to upgrade industries and inject hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars into the country's economy", the Russian president said commenting on Washington's obligations under the Paris Agreement.

However, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron found U.S. president's decision on climate pact "misguided". Nicaragua refused to sign because of the voluntary nature of the agreement, with Nicaragua's climate negotiator at the time saying, "We're not going to submit because voluntary responsibility is a path to failure". "It was necessary to apologize to the people and vow not to make such mistakes in the future".

Both countries strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and stressed "that there can be no justification whatsoever for any acts of terrorism, whether based upon ideological, religious, political, racial, ethnic or any other reasons". On Thursday, US President Donald Trump announced that America would pull out of the agreement.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the decision "reckless", adding that it will have "devastating repercussions" for the planet.

The Prime Minister said that with the vision of "New India" skill development is a top priority for India's 800 million strong talented youth. This photo taken on February 16, 2017 shows the New York Stock Exchange in New York, the US. At the time, Modi said, he had replied "Paris or no Paris, it is our conviction that we have no right to snatch from our future generation their right to have a clean and attractive earth". "Boston will not standby given what's at stake".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India was committed to the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, reported PTI.

Modi said that his government's journey toward developing India is built on investments in infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing and services.

At the CEO forum that immediately followed the Summit discussions, Putin said over the past seven decades, first the Soviet Union and then Russian Federation built steel works, power stations, chemicals plants, gas pipelines, agribusiness facilities, and transport infrastructure in India. "It will inflict real financial pain on millions of American workers who earn their paychecks every day in the clean energy and clean transportation sectors".

Putin made his second denial in as many days regarding purported Russian involvement. In Japan, a government official said the country has decided not to join Germany, France and Italy in expressing regret over Trump's decision.

The US is the world's second-largest emitter of carbon, behind only China.


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