Hollande calls Modi for climate deal support

New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) With a deal likely in Paris at the crucial climate change conference, French President Francois Hollande called Prime Minister Narendra Modi for India’s support as a key member among the 196 negotiating countries.

“As COP21 (the 21st Conference of Parties as the summit is called) enters final stage, President Hollande calls PM Narendra Modi to apprise him of latest status,” India’s foreign office spokesperson said.

“PM appreciated the gesture,” the spokesperson tweeted.

The Indian side at the conference — under the aegis of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change — is being led by Environment and Forests Minister Prakash Javadekar.

The meeting, which began on November 30 and was to conclude on Friday, was extended by a day to clinch a possible deal.

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