Germany favours expansion of Modi-initiated International Solar Alliance

Germany favours expansion of Modi-initiated International Solar Alliance

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New Delhi, Nov 29: Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to take up with urgency the matters pertaining to expansion of the International Solar Alliance and his vision of 'One World, One Sun, One Grid' at the G20 meet in Argentina, Germany on Thursday supported expansion of the forum.

"This is a fantastic idea. Soon after it was founded, it was realised that it should be expanded. It would make a lot of sense to incorporate more countries," German ambassador to India Martin Ney told reporters here.

He said India wants countries like Germany in it and for its part, Germany has also applied for the membership in the ISA. ISA is an alliance of more than 121 countries initiated by Prime Minister Modi and seeks to work for efficient exploitation of solar energy.

On the eve of Prime Minister Modi's visit to Argentina to attend the G20 Summit, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said that at the Summit, Prime Minister will make a pitch for other countries which are not between Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn to join the International Solar Alliance.

In the first assembly of the ISA in October this year, it was decided that the ISA membership must be open to all UN countries. The initiative to launch international platform was first proposed by Mr Modi in a speech in November 2015 at Wembley Stadium, London, in which he referred to sunshine countries as Suryaputra ("Sons of the Sun").

The alliance is a treaty-based inter-governmental organisation. The initiative was given further push by the Prime Minister at the India Africa Summit, and at a meeting

of member countries ahead of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in November 2015. Answering questions, the Ambassador Ney also said that the European Union-India free trade agreement (FTA) would make a "lot of sense".

On the sidelines of the G20 Summit at Buenos Aires, Prime Minister is likely to meet among others German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (UNI)