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US willing to have discussions with India on climate change

india Updated: Jul 20, 2009 14:58 IST
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With India having reservations on putting a cap on emissions, the United States on Monday said it is willing to have discussions on climate change rather than dictating terms.

Describing discussions with India on climate change as "fruitful", US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, "...we understand the differences each of our countries face in trying to deal with climate change. So now let us see if we can find some creative solution".

No progress can be made unless "we have that very open dialogue," she said while addressing students of Delhi University.

Referring to her discussions on climate change with Minister of State for Environment Jairam Ramesh, she said, "I had vigorous and fruitful discussions and exchange with Minister of Environment.

"I found it very helpful because unless people are honest towards one another...if we don't say here are our problems, what are your problems, are you really listening to me instead of just trying to dictate to me, we can't make progress," she adding, "we are very open to others' perspective".

Ramesh had asserted that New Delhi was "simply not in a position" to accept any legally binding emission reductions and made it clear that India was not running away from responsibilities on the issue.