Refuting allegations made by US President Donald Trump that India signed the Paris climate accord to gain billions and billions and billions of dollars from developed countries, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that it was a completely baseless accusation. It may be recalled that Trump had made the comment while announcing his country’s exit from the Paris climate deal. Trump had also accused China of gaining from the Climate deal in terms of increased usage of non-renewable energy sources such as coal. Sushma Swaraj said that the only reason India signed the Paris climate deal was because it cared for the world’s environment. “India signed the Paris agreement because of Indian culture and ethos and not under duress or out of greed,” Swaraj said.
However, Sushma Swaraj also clarified that relations between India and US have not been affected after the US announced its exit from the Paris climate deal. She said that the relations between the two countries are the same as it were during the time when Barack Obama was the president of United States. Sushma Swaraj said that the country’s commitment to environment is a 5,000 year old promise and it has nothing to do with monetary gains or any other type of incentive.