India rejects Trump's charge on Paris pact


Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Monday dismissed the allegations of USA president Donald Trump that India signed the Paris pact to get "billions and billions and billions" of dollars from developed nations.

"To say we [signed the accord] for money, I totally reject that", she said.

According to foreign media, she said "talks and terror can not go together" and added that India was engaged with other countries on the issue of cross-border terrorism. "It is wrong. It is in our civilization that we worship nature, be that a tree, mountains or rivers", she said. "I reject both these allegations", she said.

Swaraj said India had a long tradition of respect for the environment.

"No meeting is scheduled either from their side or from our side", Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said India had signed the agreement not because of greed or fear but because of its ethos, traditional commitment towards protecting the environment. Modi has spoken to Trump on three occasions.

"We want to resolve all issues with Pakistan bilaterally but talks and terror can not go together", the minister said. The Union minister, who was addressing a press conference on completion of three years of the NDA government at the Centre, was asked if Modi and Sharif will meet on the sidelines of the summit on June 8-9.

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Trump withdrew the United States from the 2015 agreement to cut emissions saying it undermined the USA economy, cost U.S. jobs, and put it at a disadvantage to other nations.

Reacting to the incident of air space violation by Chinese forces in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district on Saturday, the external affairs minister said that India would raise the issue with China.

She underscored that India had equally good relations with even those countries of West Asia which were at loggers head with each other - like for example Saudi Arabia and Iran, and Israel and Palestine.

"These and similar statements have been passed around, which are creating confusion", Haq was quoted by Dawn News as saying, and adding that Pakistan did not act according to expectations and the steps taken by the country in the Jadhav case had only caused embarrassment to the nation.

She said she was monitoring the project, and taking of review every three month to report to the Prime Minister every six month.

Unlike other signatories to the Paris agreement, India has not agreed to cap or reduce its emissions outright but instead to greatly increase its use of green energy. She also outlined how the government has a clear strategy when it comes to India-Pakistan relations, and that terror and talks couldn't go together. "In Pakistan", she said, adding it was time to finalise the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism at the United Nations and define terrorism.