Donald Trump’s charges against India, among others, to justify his decision of pulling out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement have raised questions about where bilateral ties with the US are headed, especially since PM Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit the US later this month. Former foreign secretary Shyam Saran speaks to Pranay Sharma on India-US ties and how they have impacted New Delhi’s relations with other countries. Excerpts:
How do you react to US President Donald Trump’s outburst against India vis-a-vis his decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement?
I am not surprised by Trump’s unseemly outburst. This is not the first time he has made such ill-informed, outrageous statements. We should respond by setting out the facts and let our record speak for itself.
India refuted the charges but what do the remarks say about a relationship that it has been showcasing as a foreign policy achievement...