India Slams Trump's Charges it Signed Paris Climate Deal for Money

On the World Environment Day, India's External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj dismissed US President's charges and said that India has been engaged in preserving the environment for over 5,000 years and it didn't sign the Paris Pact under any pressure or out of any greed to get money.

Swaraj rejected US President Donald Trump's concern over India getting "billions of dollars" for meeting its commitment under the 2015 Paris Climate Accord (PCA). The signing of the Paris agreement (on climate) by India was under no pressure, or greed or fear. We signed it due to our commitment to protecting the environment...

She said that it was part of the Indian ethos to revere nature and that rivers, forests and mountains continue to be worshipped and revere in this country. I reject both these allegations. Swaraj said India would want supporting countries to speak to China about it. "India wants countries which back its bid for NSG membership to talk to China for Beijing's support", she said.

"What Trump said is not the reality", Swaraj said.

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Taking a tough stance on ties with Pakistan, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said "talks and terror can not go together" while articulating strategy of India which was based on three pillars in dealing with that country. "Neither from their side, nor from ours", Ms. Swaraj said, stressing that India was willing to resolve all issues through dialogue with Pakistan.

The press conference was organised to brief media about the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government's performance over the past three years.

India today said Pakistan can not take Kashmir to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and asserted that the issue must be resolved bilaterally.

The EAM said that as of now, there were no plans of a meeting between Mr. Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the SCO summit scheduled in Astana for June 8 and 9.

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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 U.S. and India in resolving the Afghan crisis are also on the top of the agenda list for both leaders. "We have proven it", she added. The BJP leader further claimed that there had been no progress in the joint probe by the two countries into the Pathankot attack.

She said that there was no reduction so far in the H-1B visas issued by the U.S., but admitted that there were concerns that it could be reduced.

As he announced the U.S. would withdraw from the climate deal, Trump singled out India and China as two major polluters that he said would gain a financial advantage over the United States under the agreement.

Previously, in 2011, an agreement regarding the sharing of Teesta water was drafted and set to be signed during then Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Dhaka.

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