Sushma Swaraj rubbishes Donald Trump’s claim, says India didn’t sign Paris climate deal for money

Sushma Swaraj said that despite Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from Paris climate deal, the relationship between India and the US is progressing as it did during Barack Obama's presidency.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 5, 2017 9:58 pm
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Asserting that there is no change in India-US relationship despite President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate deal, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Monday said that the relationship between the two countries is progressing as it did during Barack Obama’s presidency. Swaraj however, admitted that the new H-1B visa rule is a matter of concern for India.

Sushma Swaraj also dismissed the allegations of Trump that India signed the Paris pact to get “billions and billions and billions” of dollars from developed nations. “This is completely not true,” said the minister adding “India signed the Paris agreement not because of any pressure on out of greed. We are committed to the environment and this commitment is 5,000 years old. We worship nature. It is in Indian ethos. I clearly dismiss both accusations.”

Addressing the annual press conference of her ministry to highlight the achievements of the Modi government in last three years, Swaraj said, “80,000 people stranded abroad brought back to India in last three years.” She added that the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has registered an increase of 37.5 per cent since NDA government took over three years ago.

The minister added that several measures and improvements have been introduced in the passport facility. Swaraj said, “CPEC is about sovereignty. Kashmir is integral part of India, no question of compromise.”

She said that India will not be impacted by some Gulf countries cutting off diplomatic ties with Qatar. “There is no challenge arising out of this for us. This is an internal matter of GCC (Gulf Coordination Council). Our only concern is about Indians there. We are trying to find out if any Indians are stuck there,” she told reporters.

Rejecting suggestions that the government had a “flip-flop” policy in handling Pakistan, she said India is very clear that “it wants to hold dialogue, resolve all issues bilaterally without mediation from any third country, organisation or anyone else. But at the same time terror and talks cannot go together.” The minister also emphasised that the government was asking other countries not to see cross-border issue or terrorism emanating from Pakistan from the prism of India but see if the international terrorism was in anyway linked with that country. “Finally, where was Osama bin Laden found? In Pakistan,” she said, adding it was time to finalise the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism at the UN and define terrorism.

Highlights:

On Pakistan’s remark of taking Kashmir issue to ICJ: “Pakistan cannot take Kashmir issue to ICJ. The Shimla agreement and Lahore declaration are very clear on Kashmir issue that it can only be resolved bilaterally. The two countries are bound by these bilateral agreements”

On the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership: “We are talking to China on the issue”

On talks with Pakistan: “India is very clear that it wants to hold dialogue, resolve all issues bilaterally without mediation from any third country, organisation or anyone else. But at the same time terror and talks cannot go together.”

On Modi-Sharif meeting at Astana SCO Summit: “Nothing is fixed from both sides”

On Kashmir: “CPEC is about sovereignty. Kashmir is integral part of India, no question of compromise”

On H-1B visa: “Yes concern is there but there are amendments that can’t be made through executive order”

On Gulf diplomatic rift: “This will have no effect on our relation and agreement with Qatar”

On signing the Paris Agreement: “India did not sign the Paris Agreement under duress or for monetary benefits”

On OBOR project: “We opposed China’s OBOR project as it involves India’s sovereignty”

On Chinese choppers over Chamoli district, Uttarakhand: “India to raise airspace violation issue with China”

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      sochee
      Jun 5, 2017 at 11:25 pm
      What a pity! Look at these wise guys who were the other day abusing Donald Trump has suddenly become so enamoured by the foolish statements made by him about Paris agreement. If one can recall the pronouncements made by Trump during poll campaign he will instantly remember that Trump had promised to withdraw from Paris agreement. Now he has done it after blaming both China and India. He has accused India by stating that India signed the deal in the hope of getting billions and billions of dollars. So what? India has every right to get the money to clean up the mess that developed countries have created. And pray why these developed countries agreed to cut those cheques? Because it was their agenda. They tried the same trick with Mahathir Muhammad the then PM of Malaysia asking him to stop cutting of trees. Mahathir gave them a kick and they fell in line. It is a win win situation for India. All those funds which would have otherwise gone to America for renewables will come to India now
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        Mohammad Dar
        Jun 5, 2017 at 11:01 pm
        Typical hinduism absurdity of a hog of hinduism immorality, in human form, "we are committed to the environment for last 5000 years, and worship the environment" Sure hindus immortals of hinduism immorality do, by living a hindu filthy life, in a hindu unhygienic life style religiously, for thousands of years, by polluting the environment, religiously and hinduism greedily, for human existence.
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          indian man
          Jun 5, 2017 at 11:04 pm
          @Mohammed gaddar, Xvideos. Com.
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            indian man
            Jun 5, 2017 at 11:54 pm
            @Mohammed gaddar. Ramazan month is going on. Every Muslim Li ki n g Profet Mohammed d ick, why you not doing?? Very bad
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              ProudToBeIndian
              Jun 6, 2017 at 4:27 am
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            secure
            Jun 5, 2017 at 9:56 pm
            Where are the s hatemongers who celeberates birthday of TRUMP.
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              Mohammad Dar
              Jun 5, 2017 at 11:03 pm
              Typical hogs of hinduism opportunism, ready to pray to a dog, for an opportunity to feel good. A lesson borrowed from the hindu filthy manifesto of hinduism illegality, practiced as a faith.
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              FU
              Jun 5, 2017 at 8:57 pm
              Today's joke: Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Monday said that the relationship between the two countries is progressing as it did during Barack Obama’s presidency. .....They say FK YOU INDIOTS.
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                indian man
                Jun 5, 2017 at 10:45 pm
                I understand you are frustrated, as Pakstn lost match. So you releasing your anger against Sushma Swaraj.
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                  Mohammad Dar
                  Jun 5, 2017 at 11:05 pm
                  No, because she is a hindu shame less lair, pretending to be truthful, by giving reference to hindu cooked history, to justify her hinduism , lies.
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                  sochee
                  Jun 5, 2017 at 11:34 pm
                  Swararaj is not a dumbo like you who can not differentiate between Donald Trump. America remains irrespective of whether Obama or Trump is the President. India's engagement with America will proceed as usual.
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                  Foam.ministry
                  Jun 5, 2017 at 8:53 pm
                  Rajnath Singh was L I C K I N G all the way from India to USA-to make an agreement to allow 200 EMINENT INDIAN DOGS without visa into US. That includes STATE TERRORIST RAJNATH HIMSELF. Think of other 199 STATE TERRORISTS? L I c k, L I c k, L I c k, Rajnath!
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                    indian man
                    Jun 5, 2017 at 10:48 pm
                    Ramazan month is going on. Every Muslim Li k i n g Profet Mohammed d ick, why you not doing?? Very bad.
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                    Chander Pal
                    Jun 5, 2017 at 8:21 pm
                    Let's see, Nehru creates this b er for s to live through. India lets 90K army to walk through wagah and does not get any thing in return. With all the wisdom of Shastas Karan Singh whose father was not allowed to return to kashmir since sheikh Abdullah vetoed it and Nehru conveniently allowed Abdullah to rule Kashmir. Yet see the way Karan Singh bear hugs farookh or omer Abdullah. The non national is hardly bothered either way. So there goes 70 years of K word. Now Pak has china on its side, who does allow a known terrorist to be declared so then how the Chinese will block the K that India is to stomach.
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                      indian man
                      Jun 5, 2017 at 10:49 pm
                      I understand you weak in history. May be you improve one day.
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                      s s nair
                      Jun 5, 2017 at 8:10 pm
                      NARENDRA MODI. SEPT 15, 2013:THE PROBLEM LIES IN DELHI, NOT AT THE BORDERS… ONLY A COMPETENT, PATRIOTIC AND PEOPLE ORIENTED GOVT AT THE CENTRE CAN SOLVE THE PROBLEM. I WISH TO ASK THE PM, ARE YOU NOT WEAK? IF INDEED YOU ARE A STRONG GOVT COUNTRY NEEDS PROOF. AUG 13 INDIA IS GOING THROUGH A TROUBLED SITUATION. CHINA INTRUDES OUR BORDERS, STAN KILLS OUR SOLDIERS TIME AND AGAIN. BUT CENTRE DOES NOT ACT. SUSHMA SWARAJ OCTOBER 2015: WE DON’T NEED FOUR POINT PROPOSAL. WE NEED JUST ONE. GIVE UP TERRORISM AND LET US SIT GET 10 HEADS FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BORDER… STAN DID NOT RETURN THE SEVERED HEAD OF ARMY JAWAN HEMRAJ. GIRIRAJ SING What is the value of your words.
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                        secure
                        Jun 5, 2017 at 10:03 pm
                        How can world listen to top 10 criminalbof the world. Practically every body hate crime and criminal so mo respect for MODI. Our husiness people funding more money in the world tobup lift modi name unfortunately know every body that MODI what henis doing within India. I am afraid during the meeting he may be kicked out and insult him. Diring BJP regime Imdia lost respecr worldwide due internal communal practices.
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                          indian man
                          Jun 5, 2017 at 10:51 pm
                          Can you repeat the question Please, ??
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