Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the US to meet with President Trump on June 26, the White House said in a statement today.
The meeting comes amidst friction between the two regimes after President Trump withdrew from the Paris Climate accord, and claimed India’s involvement in the accord was “contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid.”
India Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj sharply responded to the statement: “What US President Trump has said is not the reality… India signed the Paris climate pact not because of pressure from any country or due to lure of money. We signed it due to our commitment to protecting the environment…India will continue to be part of it irrespective of whether the US remains in it or not.”
Trump and Modi have reportedly talked on the phone 3 times but have yet to air out the dispute in person.
“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,” a statement from the US State Department read.
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