US willing to have discussions with India on climate change

US willing to have discussions with India on climate change


Describing discussions with India on climate change as "fruitful", US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, "...we understand the differences each of our countries face in trying to deal with climate change. So now let us see if we can find some creative solution".

No progress can be made unless "we have that very open dialogue," she said while addressing students of Delhi University.

Referring to her discussions on climate change with Minister of State for Environment Jairam Ramesh, she said, "I had vigorous and fruitful discussions and exchange with Minister of Environment.

"I found it very helpful because unless people are honest towards one another...if we don't say here are our problems, what are your problems, are you really listening to me instead of just trying to dictate to me, we can't make progress," she adding, "we are very open to others' perspective".

Ramesh had asserted that New Delhi was "simply not in a position" to accept any legally binding emission reductions and made it clear that India was not running away from responsibilities on the issue.

The US wants India to agree to limit its carbon emissions ahead of the signing of a new UN climate treaty in Copenhagen in December.

Clinton said addressing climate change and economic growth can go hand in hand and sought India's cooperation in tackling poverty, terrorism, and proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).

"We want more partners. We want more allies. We want people taking responsibility and sharing the burden, whether it is for eradicating poverty, climate change, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction," she said.

The Secretary of State said WMD, climate change, hunger, poverty are the global challenges that know no borders.

"Your government is committed to provide opportunity for women. India is right in giving due importance to healthcare and maternal care," she said adding while doing so, the focus must be on poor women.

Observing that India was emerging as a global leader in the 21st century, Clinton said, the dynamism is palpable across the entire globe from the hi-tech in Hyderabad and Bangalore to the financial hub of Mumbai and modern malls and green buildings in Gurgaon.

"I believe this is one of the most exciting times for India and for our relationship and I am very grateful to be back here as US Secretary of State, representing our new president Obama and our country," she said.

"One of the reasons I am honoured to be here is because diplomacy must go beyond government and the age in which we live we communicate at the speed of light and it is time for each of us individually to think about how we can be engaged in meeting these challenges at the local, regional, national and global levels," she said

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