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Barack Obama calls PM Modi to discuss climate change, Kerry meets Javadekar in Paris

Washington: US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the progress made in climate change negotiations currently underway in Paris, the White House said.Early this morning President spoke with

India TV News Desk Updated on: December 09, 2015 14:31 IST
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barack obama calls pm modi to discuss climate change kerry meets javadekar in paris

Washington: US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the progress made in climate change negotiations currently underway in Paris, the White House said.

Early this morning President spoke with Prime Minister Modi, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters yesterday at his daily news conference.

It is likely that Obama would also be talking over phone with his Chinese counterpart too, he said.

A day earlier, Obama had spoken with his Brazilian counterpart.

Earnest said the US President is closely following the developments in Paris where more than 180 countries are trying to hammer out a deal on climate change.

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"I can tell you that earlier today, the (US) President placed a telephone call to Prime Minister Modi of India to discuss the ongoing negotiations," Earnest said.

"I would anticipate that over the course of this week as the negotiations continue, the President would be in touch with other world leaders," he said.

Obama is getting regular updates from his team in Paris about the status of the negotiations, he added.

In Paris last week, Obama had met Modi on the sidelines of the climate change summit. He had also met his Chinese counterpart.

Earnest said the US President is optimistic about the success of the Paris summit.

 
"Well, again, he is, but primarily for the reasons that he said when he was in Paris last week, which is even in advance of the Paris negotiations, we saw the international community mobilise to make significant commitments to cut carbon pollution," he said.

US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday met Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar with at the climate change conference in Paris and held a "positive and constructive" meeting on various bilateral efforts made to reach a deal for reducing emissions.

Javadekar later said that discussions were made on various efforts made by both the countries to reach a just and ambitious climate change agreement.

"Kerry had come and as you have seen all day long, we (India) is discussing with all the groups and countries. In the next 72 hours we are going to continue this. We had discussions on what efforts they (US) are making and what we are doing," Javadekar said.

"We want an ambitious and just agreement in Paris. We told him about the efforts we are making for that. The discussions will continue," he said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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