Sushma Swaraj rebuts Donald Trump

New Delhi, Jun 5 Rejecting strongly US President Donald Trump's charge against it on climate deal, India said today it signed the Paris agreement not under duress or for lure of money but due to its commitment to protect environment.

Donald Trump pulling US out of Paris accord: India has disproved US President Donald Trump's weird claim that New Delhi had signed the Paris climate agreement to pocket billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid.

Sushma Swaraj, however, said the American move on the Paris climate agreement had not changed India-US ties and the relationship between the two countries was progressing as it did during Barack Obama's presidency. The minister said she has always respected, even worshipped, nature and would be "committed to the Paris agreement, irrespective of what the United States decides". "I reject both these allegations", she said.

On the issue of India opposing China's OBOR project, the foreign minister said the project was opposed as it involved India's sovereignty.

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

Sushma Swaraj said that the only reason India signed the Paris climate deal was because it cared for the world's environment.

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.

"There are amendments that can not be made through executive orders", she asserted and denied that the proposed changes in the policy had affected India's relationship with the US.

Swaraj claimed that the government had developed friendly relations with the West Asia, unlike what the western countries predicted.

India will continue to be part of it irrespective of whether the U.S. remains in it or not, Swaraj said. Third, terror and talks will not go ahead together. She said the Jadhav issue was taken to ICJ because Pakistan violated the Vienna Convention.

Denouncing impression that India got any money for signing the deal, Swaraj said India never meant to profit from the accord. The Shimla agreement and Lahore Declaration are very clear on Kashmir issue that it can only be resolved bilaterally.

She also sent Pakistan a tough message, blaming it for creating conditions unsuitable for any gesture by the Prime Minister or initiative by the Indian government to resume the dialogue process.

"Yes, the concern is there", she said, and added no changes have been made in the visa policy "as of now", as per IANS.

"Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who recently visited India, said we could use our friendship with Israel in resolving the problem between the two nations", she said.

  • Sylvester Abbott