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We did not sign the Paris accord for money: Sushma

We did not sign the Paris accord for money: Sushma
India on Monday firmly denounced US President Donald Trump's allegation that in signing the historic Paris Climate Accord, it had reaped "billions" of dollars.

"What Trump said is not the reality," said Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj. "We have signed the Paris accord not under any pressure nor for any money ...to say we did it for money, I totally reject that," she told reporters today in Delhi.

While announcing last week that the US will pull out of the climate change agreement signed in 2015, Trump said that it compromised his country's interests and claimed that Delhi will be paid billions of dollars to meet its commitment to combatting climate change in the accord that was agreed upon by nearly 200 countries. "India will be allowed to double its coal production by 2020. Think of it. India can double their coal production. We're supposed to get rid of ours," Trump professed.

In India's first direct response to Trump's announcement of withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement and his remarks against India on climate financing, Swaraj said India's commitment to the Paris deal was unchanged irrespective of the US withdrawal from the Agreement.

The External Affairs Minister pointed out that protection of nature and environment was in the very ethos of India.

Swaraj on Monday also ruled out any meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif when the two will be in Kazakhstan this week and asserted that Pakistan cannot take Kashmir issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Taking a tough stance on ties with Pakistan, the External Affairs Minister said: "talks and terror cannot go together" while articulating strategy of India which was based on three pillars in dealing with that country.
She also emphasised that India was engaged with other countries on the issue of cross-border terrorism.

"No meeting is scheduled either from their side or from our side," Swaraj told a press conference on completion of three years of the government.

She was asked if Modi and Sharif will meet on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit at Astana, Kazakhstan on June 8-9.

Asked about reported remarks of a Pakistani law officer that Islamabad will take the Kashmir issue to ICJ after India approached the global court in Kulbhushan Jadhav case, the minister said,
"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."
She also referred to some cases pending at other courts such as Hyderabad Nizam funds case in the UK court and issues pertaining to Indus Waters Treaty before the World Bank.

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."
Gautam Lahiri

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