Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau at Hyderabad House in Delhi on Friday afternoon. After the meeting, both countries signed six pacts in all. The talks focused on key issues of counter-terrorism, extremism and ways to boost trade ties.
The talks were aimed at strengthening the overall relationship between India and Canada.
After two hours of talks, both sides agreed that it was important that the two countries work together to fight terrorism. A Joint Statement and Framework for Cooperation between India and Canada on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism was also adopted. The Indian Prime Minister is said to have asserted that it was important that the two countries work together to fight terrorism, and that there should be no place for those who misuse religion for political goals.
India and Canada also agreed to strengthen cooperation in several sectors including trade, investment and energy.
Taking the relationship forward! PM @narendramodi and Canadian PM @JustinTrudeau discussed strengthening cooperation in trade & investment, energy, education, healthcare, IT, start up, science & technology, defence and security, tourism and people-to-people contacts. pic.twitter.com/OS7wj84IcE
— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) February 23, 2018
In the joint press conference held by both the leaders, PM Modi hailed Canada as an energy super power and sought to extend cooperation between the two countries in the field.
Modi called for re-doubling efforts to finalise the bilateral free trade agreement. He pitched for boosting people-to-people ties with the Indians based in Canada.
On his part, Trudeau described India as a natural partner for commercial cooperation.
Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on the Canadian prime minister and discussed various issues of mutual interest.
Swaraj had a warm meeting with Trudeau and discussed ways to strengthen and deepen the partnership between the two countries, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
Earlier in the day, the Canadian Prime Minister was welcomed by PM Narendra Modi on Friday at the ceremonial event at Delhi’s Rashtrapati Bhavan. After extending a warm welcome, PM Modi posed for photographs with the Trudeau family.
On Thursday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family members visited the historic Jama Masjid. Trudeau was accompanied by his wife and their three children during the tour of one of the largest mosques in the country. The Canadian Prime Minister spent nearly 30 minutes on the premises of the Old Delhi monument.
Trudeau also visited Delhi’s Modern School and participated in a cricket event. Former cricket captain Kapil Dev and Mohd. Azharuddin were also present at the event.
On Wednesday, Trudeau met Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh in Amritsar and assured that his country does not support separatism in India or elsewhere. Both leaders discussed the Khalistan issue at length and Singh gave Trudeau a list of nine Category ‘A’ Canada-based operatives alleged to be involved in hate crimes, terrorist activities and trying to radicalise young people and children in Punjab. Singh also interacted with all six ministers accompanying Trudeau.
Earlier, Trudeau and his family offered prayers at the Golden Temple with the premier describing the visit to the holiest of Sikh shrines as an “honour” and stressing that they were “filled with grace and humility”. The visiting Prime Minister offered prayers sanctum sanctorum of the temple, where he was presented with a traditional robe of honour. Trudeau was accompanied by his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, and two of his three children, who were also clad in traditional Punjabi outfits. The Prime Minister and his family also tried rolling out rotis at the Guru Ram Das Jee Langar hall, where devotees do voluntary kitchen work for feeding visitors.
Trudeau will address a conference of young change-makers on the last day of his visit on Saturday.
(With inputs from agencies)