NEW DELHI, June 6 - US President Donald Trump�s statement withdrawing from the Paris climate deal sent the message that America�s own concerns were paramount and was a �shock� for India and the world community, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said here today.
Singh, who was inaugurating the two-day national conference on �Capacity Building of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF)-2017�, added that the US would �definitely� have a rethink on the issue. �The international community should get onboard so that the environmental balance is not destroyed,� he said.
The US President�s recent statement about the Paris deal sent the message that the world community was not one and that a country was only concerned about its own environment, the minister said.
It was to be seen in what circumstances the US made such a statement, he added. For �people like us (India) and the international community, this has come as a shock... I am sure that the US will definitely rethink on this," he stated.
Announcing the US withdrawal from the Paris deal on June 1, Trump had claimed that India had made its participation in the agreement �contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions dollars in foreign aid�.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had rejected Trump�s comment yesterday and said India signed the Paris climate pact not because of pressure from any country or due to the lure of money. � PTI