France's Macron to visit India in early 2018: Elysee

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-04 04:05:29|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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PARIS, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- French President Emmanuel Macron will fly to India at the beginning of next year to attend the International Solar Energy summit, a Franco-Indian initiative to tackle climate change and develop solar energy use, his office said on Friday.

At a phone talk with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Macron said he would make his first visit to India since he took office on May 7, to take part in the meeting after which the alliance will come into effect,

"They noted the positive dynamic ... of the International Solar Alliance, which aims to optimize the exploitation of solar energy potential, modernize energy systems, universalize access to energy and accelerate economic development," the Elysee said.

The alliance that wins the support of more than 100 solar-rich countries "is fully in line with the efforts of France and India to achieve the objectives set by the Paris Agreement on Climate Change", it added.

In 2015, former French president Francois Hollande and Modi launched the International Solar to encourage the development of clean energy.