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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday dismissed that there was any pressure to ink a pact similar to US-China agreement on emission cuts as India and the US announced important steps to promote clean energy and confront climate change.

Speaking after talks with visiting US President Barack Obama here, Modi said “President and I expressed hope for a successful Paris Conference on climate change this year”.

Obama 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.

Both the countries agreed to “pursue” for a strong global climate pact on emission cuts in the forthcoming UN climate conference to be held in Paris in December this year.

“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,” Obama said in a joint press meet while referring to Paris climate talks.

Noting that both countries have agreed to a number of important steps to promote clean energy and confront climate change, he said the US supports India’s goal for solar energy and it “stands to speed this expansion with additional financing”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi presenting to the US President Barack Obama a reproduction of telegram sent by USA to the Indian Constituent Assembly in 1946, at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Sunday. (PTI Photo)
“We are also launching new joint projects to improve air quality in Indian cities. The US will share more data and develop tools to help India assess and adapt to the impact of climate change and help vulnerable communities become more resilient,” he said.

On a query whether there was pressure on India to ink a pact similar to the one signed between the US and China on emission cuts, Modi said, “India is an independent country. Pressure of any country or a person does not affect India.

“There is a pressure on this issue that what kind of environment we wish to provide for future generation.

“Climate change is itself a pressure. Global warming is itself a pressure. It is the responsibility of those, who are concerned about future generation, to become conscious about climate change and adopt policies so that we are able to give good future and good environment to next generation.

“I feel that every government, every country and every person should have this pressure. We understand this pressure and responding accordingly,” Modi said.

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