New Delhi, June 5, 2017: Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said it had been engaged in preserving the environment for 5,000 years, dismissing US President Donald Trump’s charges that it signed the Paris Pact to get “billions and billions and billions” of dollars from developed nations.
Addressing the annual press conference of her ministry to highlight the achievements of the Modi government in last three years, Swaraj said about Trump’s charges he made while announcing the US exit from the Paris deal last week that “this is completely not true.” She, however, said the American move on Paris climate agreement had not changed India-US ties.
“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,” she told reporters on three years of Modi government.
On the proposed US cap on H-1B visas, Swaraj admitted that the new H-1B visa rule is a matter of concern for India and added no changes have been made in the visa policy “as of now”.
“There are amendments that cannot be made through executive orders,” she asserted and denied that the proposed changes in the policy had affected India’s relationship with the US.
The Minister said the ties between India and the US since Trump took charge were growing with the “same speed” as was the case when Barack Obama was the President.
Talking about the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership, Swaraj said, “We are talking to China on the issue.”
Swaraj also said that “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 an integral part of India, no question of compromise.”