Cooperation in combating terrorism and boosting defence ties were also high on the agenda of talks. that saw both leaders renew the warmth of ties with hugs. After hour-long talks, including delegation-level, Obama in his media statement recalled his January visit for India’s Republic Day, terming it a wonderful visit. Obama said he was “encouraged by the impressive nature of Modi’s commitment to clean energy. And I really think the Indian leadership in the upcoming Paris conference will set the tone not just today but in the decades to come (on climate change)”. Obama said both sides with “efforts” can solve the problem. Both also talked trade and investment, Obama said, referring to the talks last week on the first India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue here, chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Referring to Modi’s address to the Indian diaspora, he said the Indian community in the US was very large and successful.
He hailed the strategic ties that encompasses education to defence procurement. Modi, in his media statement, said both nations can apply innovation and technology for achieving Sustainable Development Goals, including combating climate change and conserving nature. “President and I share an uncompromising commitment on climate change, without affecting our ability to meet the development aspirations of humanity. We have both set ambitious national agendas,” he said.
He said India’s measures to combat climate change includes a plan for 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022, as well as a development strategy to transition to a more sustainable energy mix. “I also thank President Obama for his positive response to my call for a global public partnership for developing affordable clean energy sources that will enable faster adoption of clean energy across the world.” “We should work together to advance that goal. And, it is equally important to develop mechanisms to ensure that the affordable also become accessible to those who need it the most,” said Modi.(IANS)