'US now has better understanding of India's stand on climate'

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh



"We have to take forward this dialogue. We will be in close touch with our American counterparts. Today we have a better understanding of what the US is doing and certainly the US has a better understanding of what we are doing," Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said winding up his visit to America. Ramesh, who met US officials on climate change and several influential lawmakers, told the Indian media here that "there is better appreciation of India's position on climate change issue."

During his visit to New York and Washington, Ramesh had two rounds of discussions with Todd Stern, Special US Envoy for Climate Change. He also met Energy Secretary Steven Chu, besides a number of lawmakers -- John Kerry, Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and Congressmen Edward Markey and Jim McDermott. "The important thing is change in perception of India," Ramesh said, referring to his meetings with US officials. It has been established firmly that "India is a responsible player wanting a fair and equitable agreement and prepared to play a leadership role in this regard, given its unique position in world affairs," he said.

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