Safety of Indians overseas 'priority' for Modi govt: Swaraj

Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Monday said that India signed the Paris Climate Agreement because of commitment and not for monetary benefits or under pressure.

"We signed it because of our belief", -a 5,000-year-old belief in environment and our commitment to protecting it.If someone says we signed it for money or under pressure, I'll reject it.

She, however, said the American move on Paris climate agreement had not changed India-US ties.

Saying that protecting the nature is 5,000 years old tradition of India, the minister made it clear whether the U.S. stays in the deal or not, India would be there. We worship rivers, trees and mountains. I reject both these allegations.

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

"What President Trump spoke is not the reality", Ms Swaraj said.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday ruled out the possibility of any meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif during their visit to Astana in Kazakhstan this week to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit, besides asserting that Pakistan can not drag the Kashmir issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). She made the statements while speaking to the media about key initiatives undertaken by her ministry during the three years of the Narendra Modi government, reported PTI.

Justifying the Jadhav issue being taken to ICJ, she said that India and Pakistan have been fighting various issues like the Indus Water Treaty through arbitration in forums like ICJ and World Bank.

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India will continue to be part of it irrespective of whether the U.S. remains in it or not, Swaraj said. "There has been no change, but we are alert that nothing affects India".

Since then the bilateral relations between two countries have become sour. "It is wrong", she added.

She also referred to some cases pending at other courts such as Hyderabad Nizam funds case in the United Kingdom court and issues pertaining to Indus Waters Treaty before the World Bank. "But at the same time terror and talks can not go together". Merkel, Macron and Gentiloni of Germany, France and Italy released a joint statement, saying: "We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement can not be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies".

Stating that efforts were fully on to resolve the issue, she, however, said no definite time line can be given as to when such problems can be solved. "However, she admitted that the new H-1B visa rule is a matter of concern for India".

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