'India not in a position to pledge emission cuts'

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Hillary Clinton with Jairam Ramesh
New Delhi, Jul 20: US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton who meet India's Environment Minister, Jairam Ramesh on Sunday, Jul 19 was met with the India's refusal to take on carbon emission targets.

While speaking on climate change at the opening of ITC's green centre in Gurgaon told Hillary Clinton, "India's position is clear and categorical that we are simply not in a position to take any legally binding emissions reductions."

Developing nations like India and China are under a lot of pressure to cut down carbon emissions from the US-led group of developed nations. The countries that are still building their economy are reluctant on signing any such deal that would prove to be a detrimental to the industries.

Ramesh clarified on India's stance further saying, "There is simply no case for the pressure that we, who have been among the lowest emitters per capita, face to actually reduce emissions. And as if this pressure was not enough, we also face the threat of carbon tariffs on our exports to countries such as yours."

Hillary Clinton placed the other part of the arguments by stating that US would not want to do anything that will hamper India's economic growth as 'economic progress in India is in everyone's interest and not just in the interest of Indians'.

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