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India is not exploiting Paris deal, minister rubbishes U.S. allegation

India is not exploiting Paris deal, minister rubbishes U.S. allegation”

India never meant to profit from the Paris climate accord, its foreign minister said Monday, rejecting suggestions from US President Donald Trump that some nations were exploiting the global pact.

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). To accuse India of signing the agreement because it was pressed by some countries or out of greed for foreign aid is completely baseless and unfortunate, Swaraj added.

"It is a 5,000-year-old tradition for us to protect and worship the nature".

She described the USA as a "major defence partner of India".

"I think the rest of the world would like to tell us how to manage our own environment and I think that anybody in America can tell you that we're best to decide what America should do".

Rejecting Trump's allegation, Swaraj said it was "not the reality".

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said that "in last three years, about 80,000 Indians stranded overseas have been successfully brought back home". There has been widespread protests in United States against President's Trump decision. "After all, we did reach an agreement on the land border issue, didn't we", the India's external affairs minister said.

On the issue of Kashmir, she said that Pakistan could not take the Kashmir issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) as the matter had to be solved bilaterally. "Whether the USA stays in the agreement or not, India will stay".

Citing an example of Saudi Arabia and Iran, Swaraj said the two countries share "bitter" relations, but India is friends to both. "Kashmir issue can only be resolved bilaterally", she said.

She started the interaction by outlining how the government, under Narendra Modi, has so far rescued 80,000 Indians in trouble, including in Saudi Arabia, where many of them were sacked recently.

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

Speaking about India's fastly deteriorating ties with Pakistan, the minister said that the neighbouring country can not take the Kashmir matter to the International Court of Justice. The External Affairs Minister, however, said that India-US ties are progressing under the Trump administration as they were during the Obama presidency and the pace had not slowed down. She said the Jadhav issue was taken to ICJ because Pakistan violated the Vienna Convention.

On China blocking India's bid to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, she said India has asked all friends of China, including Russian Federation, to impress upon them India's candidature, and expressed the hope that India will become a member one day.



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