Mr. Trump, India signed Paris deal for environment, not dollars

Reiterating the country's commitment to the Paris climate deal, the external affairs minister said that India did not sign the agreement under duress or for monetary benefits. If someone says we signed it for money or under pressure, I'll reject it.

Addressing a press conference here to highlight her ministry's three-year- achievements, Swaraj said India is not burning the midnight oil on Pakistan as it has a set a foreign policy for Islamabad.

Saying that protecting the nature is 5,000 years old tradition of India, the minister made it clear whether the U.S. stays in the deal or not, India would be there. We worship rivers, trees and mountains, she said. I reject both these allegations.

"What President Trump spoke is not the reality", Ms Swaraj said.

That's what Sushma Swaraj, India's Minister for External Affairs, told reporters in her annual media interaction. Modi has spoken to Trump on three occasions. While describing proposed changes in H1B visas as a "matter of concern", Swaraj said that the government was engaged with the Trump administration as well as US Congressmen on the issue and was "alert" to any possible negative impact.

Days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif find themselves in the same room in Kazakhstan capital Astana, India on Monday ruled out any meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines of the multilateral Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit later this week.

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She recalled Modi's sudden visit to Lahore on December 25 that year, which was followed by the terror attack on the Pathankot airbase, the arrest of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav - who has since been sentenced to death by a Pakistan military court - and Pakistan hailing Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani, killed by security forces last year, as a martyr.

Besides the new issue of climate change, the proposed changes in the H1B visa, the tightening of security checks for visas, and the role of the USA and India in resolving the Afghan crisis are also on the top of the agenda list for both leaders.

In reply, she said, "No meeting is scheduled between the two PMs" and reminded that "terror and talks can not go together".

While it has now been some time since the United States president Donald Trump accused India of signing the Paris Pact for "Billions and Billions and Billions" of dollars, India on June 5 chose the ideal day to slam his statement. "The relationship between the two countries is progressing as it did during Barack Obama's presidency".

"India signed the Paris agreement not because of any pressure on out of greed". She insisted that the Simla and Lahore pacts between the countries guaranteed that Kashmir had to be solved bilaterally.

  • Marjorie Miles