No Meeting Between PM Modi, Nawaz Sharif On the Cards: Sushma Swaraj

Reiterating the country's commitment to the Paris climate deal, the external affairs minister said that India did not sign the agreement under duress or for monetary benefits.

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

Addressing a press conference here to highlight her ministry's three-year- achievements, Swaraj said India is not burning the midnight oil on Pakistan as it has a set a foreign policy for Islamabad. Her statement came even as the United States said that they do not need India to tell them how to protect their environment. "We are a people who worship rivers, mountains, trees".

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

Rubbishing Trump's charges, the Minister said that Trump made these unfounded statements while announcing US's exit from the same environment pact.

"This is completely not true", External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said about Trump's claim while announcing the U.S. exit from the Paris deal last week. Even, PM Modi took out of the box initiative to fly down to Lahore to meet Nawaz Sharif. 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, Indian Express reported.

She said New Delhi has taken this issue so seriously that for the first time two ministers from Sri Lanka-the foreign minister and the fisheries minister-and two ministers from India-she and fisheries minister Radha Mohan Singh-held a meeting exclusively on the fishermen's issue.

The minister said there was no flip-flop on part of the government in handling Pakistan. We want to sort out all issues with Pakistan through talks bilaterally and not through mediation of any group, country or associations.

Citing an example of Saudi Arabia and Iran, Swaraj said the two countries share "bitter" relations, but India is friends to both.

Announcing withdrawal of the USA from the Paris deal, Trump cited a number of reasons for the decisions and had said, "India makes its participation on receiving billions and billions of dollars from developed countries".

Providing clarification on the H1B1 visa, she said "In Modi's meeting with Trump scheduled later this month, this will be a topic for discussion". India, she said, always takes up the issue of terrorism in all available worldwide fora and said the time has come for all the countries to agree on a Comprehensive Convention on global Terrorism at the United Nations.

On China blocking India's bid to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, she said India has asked all friends of China, including Russian Federation, to impress upon them India's candidature, and expressed the hope that India will become a member one day.

  • Aubrey Nash