Donald Trump pulling US out of Paris accord: India has disproved US President Donald Trump’s bizarre claim that New Delhi had signed the Paris climate agreement to pocket billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid. 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. There has been widespread protests in US against President’s Trump decision. The White House, however, had backed Trump’s decision, saying the Paris climate pact did not hold countries like India and China accountable on greenhouse emissions.
Swaraj during a media interaction emphasized that what US President Trump has said was not the reality. India had signed the Paris climate pact not because of pressure from any country or due to lure of money, she said. Our signature in the pact was not because of greed, it was not because of fear, she said, adding, we signed it due to our commitment to protecting the environment. India will continue to be part of it irrespective of whether the US remains in it or not, Swaraj said.
Citing India’s ethos and cultural heritage, Swaraj said that this commitment is 5,000 years old. We worship rivers, trees and mountains, she said. She asserted that if someone says we signed the pact due to lure of money and pressure from someone, it is wrong.
Swaraj also described the proposed changes in H1B visas as a matter of concern. 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.
Notably, India is the world’s third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases that cause global warming and pledged that it will carry out its obligations.