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International Solar Alliance summit begins today in New Delhi

India, a founding member of the International Solar Alliance, on Friday said that membership of the body will be thrown open to all countries that want to join the grouping, with no restrictions on duration of sunlight or geographical location.

Briefing reporters ahead of the International Solar Alliance summit in New Delhi on Sunday, Nagaraj Naidu, joint secretary in the foreign ministry, said that a recent meeting of the steering committee of the grouping in New Delhi had decided that “going forward, they (International Solar Alliance) will open it up and invite all countries that are keen to join the International Solar Alliance to become a member of the International Solar Alliance”.

When the International Solar Alliance was announced in 2015, 121 nations situated between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn and receiving 300 days of sunlight were deemed eligible for membership.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron will be formally launching the International Solar Alliance on Sunday. Sixty countries had signed up to join the International Solar Alliance, Naidu said, adding that 30 countries had ratified the provisions of the alliance so far.

Heads of state or government from 23 countries including France, Australia and Sri Lanka will attend Sunday’s conference being co-hosted by India and France to promote solar energy.

Besides the 23 heads of state, senior country representatives, including deputy prime ministers and energy ministries, have confirmed their participation, Naidu said.

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