Hindustan Times (Lucknow)

Obama reminded PM of Paris deal in Laos


The United States reminded India of the joint commitment of the two countries to ratify the Paris climate agreement before the end of the year when President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi met on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Laos.

“The leaders noted our joint commitment, fulfilled by the US in advance of the G20 Leaders' Summit, to join the Paris Agreement this year,” a White House official said on Wednesday, giving a more detailed account of the meeting of the two leaders.

Implicit in the statement was an expectatio­n from the US to see India fulfil its end of the commitment. The US announced it had ratified the agreement, which was signed by 180 parties at the meet in Paris last December, during Obama’s visit to China for the G-20 meeting.

In all, 27 countries have ratified the deal so far and 28 more ratificati­ons are needed for it to go into force.

India, which is a signatory to the agreement and supports every aspect of it, has made its ratificati­on conditiona­l to the US helping it gain membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, a 48-member group that controls trade in nuclear material and equipment around the world.

India’s admission was blocked by China and a few other countries at the group’s last plenary in Seoul, ostensibly because it is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferat­ion Treaty, which recognises only five countries as nuclear weapon states - US, UK, France, China and Russia.

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