Kerry pats India for ‘job well done’ on climate

New Delhi: U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry praised India as a world leader in renewables as he began talks with government leaders aimed at cutting carbon emissions faster to slow global warming.

India is the world’s third biggest emitter behind the United States and China and is under pressure to commit itself to net zero emissions by 2050, in line with pledges made by several other countries.

“India is getting the job done on climate, pushing the curve,” Kerry said.

“You (India) are indisputably a world leader already in the deployment of renewable energy.”

Kerry was on a four-day visit to India, during which he interacted with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar. “Developing nations need financial flows to boost climate action,” Sitharaman told him.

Government sources told Reuters that India was unlikely to bind itself to a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 as its energy demand was projected to grow more than that of any other nation over the next two decades.

Kerry is leading efforts to get countries to step up commitments ahead of a summit of 40 leaders on April 22-23 called by U.S. President Joe Biden.

Later this year, world leaders are due to gather for a U.N. climate summit to build on the 2015 Paris accord to limit global warming.

Meanwhile, in Islamabad, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said the US supports direct dialogue between the nuclear-powered neighbors even as he refrained to comment on the recent approval and then cancellation by Pakistan to import sugar and cotton from India,

“I wouldn’t want to comment on that specifically. What I would say is that we continue to support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on issues of concern,” he said.

Pakistan cancelled its trade ties with India during August 2019 after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Indian government abrogated Article 370 and 35A and changed the special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories.

Pakistan was quick to respond to Indian actions, as it cut off diplomatic relations with India, sending back the sitting Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad, closing the borders, disallowing visas and suspending all trade ties.

Pakistan demanded that there can be no talks with India until the reversal of the decisions Indian government took on August 5, 2019.

However, a change in policy was witnessed recently when the two sides mutually agreed to observe a ceasefire on the Line of Control (LoC), ending the escalating tensions.

This was followed by positive hopes filled letter from Modi to his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan, expressing hopes and desire for peace.

Khan responded to the letter with similar sentiments, calling for dialogue to end the longstanding disputes between the two countries.

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