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India says committed to climate pact despite U.S. withdrawal
June 2, 2017 / 10:27 AM / 3 months ago

India says committed to climate pact despite U.S. withdrawal

FILE PHOTO: Protesters carry signs during the Peoples Climate March at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 29, 2017.Joshua Roberts/File Photo

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India remains committed to the Paris agreement to tackle climate change regardless of what other countries do, the government said on Friday after President Donald Trump announced he would withdraw the United States from the landmark global pact.

"India under [Prime Minister Narendra] Shri Modi’s leadership has taken up renewable energy as an article of faith and is steadfast on its Paris commitments, irrespective of what others do," Power Minister Piyush Goyal said in a statement.

Harsh Vardhan, India's environment minister, said the world's third largest greenhouse gas emitter was committed to ensure it did its best to address climate change and global warming.

Reporting by Tommy Wilkes and Reuters TV; Editing by Douglas Busvine

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