His comments came as Merkel is emerging as the world leader most openly at odds with US President Donald Trump, saying days ago that Europe could no longer completely rely on traditional ally the United States and needed to find its own way.
Modi, on a Berlin visit kicking off a four-nation Europe tour, pledged India’s commitment to democracy and a strong European Union, and argued that failing to act against global warming would be “a morally criminal act”.
“We do not have the right to despoil the environment for future generations,” he said in Hindi, at a joint press conference with Merkel.
Many of Modi’s comments contrasted sharply with positions of Trump, who has denied climate change, criticized the EU, predicted more countries will leave the EU and spoken out against free trade while pushing an “America First” policy.
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