PM Modi to visit US on June 25; to hold talks with Donald Trump

New Delhi: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi will be visiting the United States between June 25 and June 26, a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs has said.
“Prime Minister will hold official talks with President Trump on June 26. This will be the first meeting between the two leaders. Their discussions will provide a new direction for deeper bilateral engagement on issues of mutual interest and consolidation of multi-dimensional strategic partnership between India and the US,” the MEA said in a statement.
The meeting will be interesting, since it will also be India’s first diplomatic discussion with the United States after the latter pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord. While India expressed shock at the US’ decision and hoped it would rethink its decision, US ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Nikki Haley saying her country doesn’t need India, China or France advising it on climate change.
Following this, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj firmly said here on Monday that the Paris Accord was neither signed under pressure nor for any money. She denounced US President Donald Trump’s allegation that in signing the historic accord, it had reaped “billions” of dollars.
“What Trump said is not the reality,” Swaraj said. The US President had claimed that New Delhi will be paid billions of dollars to meet its commitments to the climate change accord. “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 had said.
Denouncing impression that India got any money for signing the deal, Swaraj said India never intended to profit from the accord. She also made it clear that India will remain committed to the pact to tackle global warming “whether the US stays in it or not”. “We signed it because of our belief — a 5,000-year-old belief in environment. If someone says we signed it for money or under pressure, I’ll reject it. It is wrong. It is in our civilization that we worship nature, be that a tree, mountains or rivers,” she said.

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