India must act on climate change, says Merkel

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor who has pushed global warming to the top of her international agenda, urged India to do more to combat climate change, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

Merkel said her country would help India make progress in fighting climate change, adding that rich nations and emerging economies needed to strike a balance over the amount of responsibility they need to shoulder to prevent climate change, and not fight over it.

"We have to prove that we are willing to strike a balance," Merkel, who began a four-day visit to India on Monday, was reported as telling business leaders in New Delhi. "Multilateral agreements are of the essence."

Germany could help India become a more efficient user of energy by sharing technology, she was reported as saying.

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