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GLASGOW: Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP26) reiterated India’s commitment to work closely with the United Kingdom in various areas including joint initiatives, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Tuesday.
Foreign Secretary also stated that PM Modi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson reviewed a roadmap outlining 2030 priority areas of trade, health, defence, security, people to people ties. “PM Modi reiterated India’s commitment to closely work with the UK in various areas including…joint initiatives. The two leaders reviewed a roadmap outlining 2030 priority areas of trades, health, defence, security, people to people ties…,” Shringla said at the press briefing.

GLASGOW: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla (middle) and MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi (right) during a joint press conference. Indian High Commissioner Gaitri Issar Kumar is seated left. (ANI Photo)

During the briefing, Shringla further said, “PM Modi committed in areas of climate finance technology, innovations and adaptation into green hydrogen renewable clean technology…joint initiatives under International Solar Alliance and Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure.”
During the bilateral talks, Prime Minister Modi congratulated PM Johnson for successfully organising the COP26 and for his personal leadership in championing global action for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
“PM Modi in his bilateral meeting with UK PM Boris Johnson congratulated him for successfully hosting the COP-26 summit and complimented him for championing global action on climate change,” said Shringla.
Prime Minister Modi also reiterated his desire to welcome PM Johnson in India soon. Both leaders also discussed regional and global challenges including Afghanistan, Counter-Terrorism, Indo-Pacific, supply chain resilience and post-Covid global economic recovery.
“PM Modi reiterated his invitation to UK PM Boris Johnson to visit India…There was also a discussion on regional, global issues including Afghanistan, counter terrorism, Indo-Pacific, supply chain resilience in post COVID global economic recovery,” Foreign Secretary said.

Seminal statement by PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a seminal statement at the 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP26) and highlighted the range and depth of climate actions taken by India along with future goals that the country has set for itself, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Tuesday.
“The highlight of the day was Prime Minister’s National Statement on COP26. You would all agree this is a seminal statement. This is a very significant contribution by India towards global action on the climate change agenda,” Shringla said at a press briefing. “It (speech by PM Modi) not only highlights the range and depth of climate actions taken by India but also future goals that India has set for herself,” he added.
During his COP26 address on Monday, Prime Minister Modi announced five “amrit tatva” including the target to attain net-zero emissions by 2070.
He said India will increase its capacity of non-fossil energy capacity to 500 GW and meet 50 per cent of its energy requirements through renewable energy by 2030.
Highlighting India’s efforts to combat climate change, PM Modi stated that India is the only major economy that has worked and delivered on the Paris commitments both in letter and spirit.
“Karam baddh (duty- bound) India is bringing results by making all-out efforts,” he said.
The high-level segment of COP26 is titled the World Leaders’ Summit (WLS) and is being attended by heads of state or government of more than 120 countries. (ANI)