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Clinton Confident US, India Can Work Together on Environment


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she is confident the United States and India can overcome their differences on how to reduce greenhouse gases.

Clinton spoke to reporters Sunday after meeting with India's Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh in New Delhi.

She said her meeting with Ramesh was "very fruitful" . She also said that while the two sides are not creating a framework on combating climate change, there are many more areas of agreement than previously thought.

Clinton did not elaborate.

India, along with fellow developing country China, has consistently refused to commit to carbon emission cuts until developed nations, such as the United States, pledge deeper cuts themselves.

After his meeting with Clinton, Ramesh reaffirmed New Delhi's position, saying India is committed to cleaner energy but will not commit to mandatory targets.

On Monday, Clinton is expected to meet with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on issues that include foreign policy, climate change and energy.

The United States and India are expected to finalize two agreements. One will allow U.S. companies to build nuclear power plants at two sites in India. The other will ensure that U.S. arms technology sold to India is not leaked to other countries.

From India, Clinton travels to Thailand for talks with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and an ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) ministerial conference before returning to Washington next Friday.

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