Modi-Trudeau meeting highlights: India Canada issue joint statement, focus on terrorism, trade ties
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau in New Delhi today. Here are the latest updates and developments
- 3.11 pm ISTIndia, Canada should work together against terrorism: Modi
- 2.14 pm IST‘Trusted friend’ India, Canada’s natural partner, says Trudeau
- 2.09 pm ISTIndia, Canada shared values make us natural friends, says PM Trudeau
- 2.07 pm ISTModi, Trudeau lead India Canada delegation level talks
- 2.05 pm ISTCanada an important destination for Indian students: PM Modi
- 2.02 pm ISTHighlights from Modi-Trudeau joint statement
- 1.50 pm ISTModi, Trudeau make join press statement
- 1.28 pm ISTModi, Trudeau hold talks
- 12.31 pm ISTModi-Trudeau meet at Hyderabad House, to hold delegation level talks later
- 11.06 am ISTCanadian PM Trudeau meets Sushma Swaraj
- 11.03 am ISTFormer British Columbia premier ‘speechless’ about invite to Atwal: Report
- 10.54 am ISTCandaian PM Trudeau pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat
- 10.36 am ISTPM Modi greets Canadian PM Justin Trudeau
- 10.00 am ISTPM Narendra Modi welcomes Trudeau
- 9.15 am ISTCanadian PM Justin Trudeau reaches Rashtrapati Bhawan
- 9.00 am ISTCanada supports ‘strong and united’ India: Foreign minister Chrystia Freeland
- 7.45 am ISTUnfair to raise my decades-old ‘criminal’ conviction’: Jaspal Atwal
- 7.25 am ISTPM Modi on meeting Justin Trudeau during his Canada visit in 2015
- 7.20 am ISTModi’s welcome tweet for Justin Trudeau
- 07.16 am ISTLooking forward to meeting Justin Trudeau: Narendra Modi
- New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau on Friday held extensive talks on key issues of counter-terrorism and extremism as well as ways to boost trade ties, after which the two sides inked six pacts, including on energy cooperation. After their nearly two-hour long meeting, Modi, while addressing a joint media event with the Canadian prime minister, said they discussed the entire gamut of the bilateral partnership. Earlier, External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj called on the Canadian prime minister and discussed various issues of mutual interest. Before that, Trudeau was accorded ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan where he was received by PM Modi and his other cabinet colleagues. The Canadian PM also visited Rajghat to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. Here are the latest updates developments from the Modi-Trudeau meeting today:
- 3.11 pm IST India, Canada should work together against terrorism: ModiDuring his joint briefing with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, PM Modi asserted that it is important that the two countries work together to fight terrorism. Modi said there should be no place for those who misuse religion for political goals. The prime minister also made it clear that those who challenge India’s sovereignty and unity will not be tolerated. Modi’s remarks come amidst criticism of the Trudeau government’s soft approach towards the Khalistan issue. Observing that Trudeau has visited various parts of India in last few days, Modi said the Canadian leader must have experienced the diversity of the country. (PTI)
- 2.14 pm IST ‘Trusted friend’ India, Canada’s natural partner, says TrudeauCanadian PM Justin Trudeau further stressed the need to expand India Canada trade and commercial ties in his joint briefing with PM Modi at Hyderabad House, New Delhi on Friday.“As Canada looks to diversify its own economy and looks for new opportunities to do business beyond its boundaries, India is a natural partner and a trusted friend for commercial cooperation,” ANI quoted Trudeau as saying.
- 2.05 pm IST Canada an important destination for Indian students: PM ModiPrime Minister Narendra Modi and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau are briefing the media after holding India Canada delegation level talks in Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Friday. Here are the main highlights:■ “Canada is an important destination for Indian students when it comes to higher education, more than 1 lakh 20 thousand of our students are there. We renewed our MoU on higher education which will enhance the exchange in terms of higher education,” ANI quoted PM Modi as saying. “We have similar thoughts when it comes to the situation in North Korea & Maldives,” it adds.■ PM Modi further said, “Canada is a energy super-power, it can fulfil our increasing energy demands.”■ PM Modi also highlighted the two countries’ pledge to fight those who misuse religion for political motives and separatism. “There should be no space for those who misuse religion for political motives and promote separatism. We will not tolerate those who challenge unity and integrity of our countries,” ANI quoted Modi as saying.
- 2.02 pm IST Highlights from Modi-Trudeau joint statementPrime Minister Narendra Modi and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau are briefing the media after holding India Canada delegation level talks in Hyderabad House in New Delhi. Both PMs also oversaw exchange of MoUs between India and Canada. India and Canada inked six pacts, including one on energy cooperation, PTI reports.Here are the main highlights from the briefing:■ PM Modi to Canadian PM Trudeau: “We are happy that you visited along with your family. We discussed many issues including deference operation. Terrorism & extremism are a threat to countries like ours and to fight these elements it is important for us to come together.” (ANI)■ PM Modi: India values expanding strategic partnership with Canada. Our relations are based on democracy, multiculturalism, primacy of law and sustained dialogue.
- 1.28 pm IST Modi, Trudeau hold talksPrime Minister Narendra Modi and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau on Friday held extensive talks, exploring ways to boost ties in several key areas, including trade and energy. Earlier, External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj called on the Canadian prime minister and discussed various issues of mutual interest.“Picture speaks for itself! EAM @SushmaSwaraj had a warm meeting with the Prime Minister of Canada @JustinTrudeau and discussed ways to strengthen and deepen our partnership,” Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted and posted a picture of the two leaders.
- 11.03 am IST Former British Columbia premier ‘speechless’ about invite to Atwal: ReportUjjal Dosanjah who served as the served as 33rd Premier of British Columbia from 2000 to 2001, has said “the Canadian government demonstrated a lack of concern” by inviting Jaspal Atwal, The Globe and Mail reports. “It left me speechless about the lack of preparation or the depth of unpreparedness with which Mr. Trudeau’s trip went through. It wasn’t the best [decision] both from a security point of view and from the political perception point of view for Indians. It was absolutely mind boggling,” The Globe and Mail quoted Dosanjh as saying.
- 9.00 am IST Canada supports ‘strong and united’ India: Foreign minister Chrystia FreelandCanadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Thursday said that Canada “supports a strong and united India”, but made it clear that it is very, very proud of her country’s diverse society, which includes the Sikh community. Freeland said Canada is mindful “of the menace of terrorism and the scars and deaths that India has endured”, which she described as “mind-boggling”. Her remarks came amid criticism faced by her Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his perceived pro-Khalistan approach. Freeland said the issue was discussed during her meeting with External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj today. “I did discuss the issue with the (Indian) foreign minister and I will leave it to her to comment on her impressions of the conversation. But I felt it was a very constructive and useful discussion we had,” Freeland said.
- 7.45 am IST Unfair to raise my decades-old ‘criminal’ conviction’: Jaspal AtwalToronto: Convicted Khalistani terrorist Jaspal Atwal, who kicked up a controversy over an invitation to him by the Canadian mission in India to dine with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on Thursday said it was unfair to raise his “criminal conviction” for a shooting incident in 1986. Atwal told Canada’s Postmedia that he did not plan to attend the dinner as he was in Mumbai on business, The Vancouver Sun reported. He blamed “enemies” for circulating the photos obtained by Postmedia and stressed that he travelled to India on his own on 11 February and is not part of any official government delegation. Atwal said in a series of text messages yesterday that he was in India for Media Waves, a Surrey online radio station. PTI
- 7.25 am IST PM Modi on meeting Justin Trudeau during his Canada visit in 2015
I hope PM @JustinTrudeau and his family had a very enjoyable stay so far. I particularly look forward to meeting his children Xavier, Ella-Grace, and Hadrien. Here is a picture from my 2015 Canada visit, when I'd met PM Trudeau and Ella-Grace. pic.twitter.com/Ox0M8EL46x— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 22, 2018
- 7.20 am IST Modi’s welcome tweet for Justin Trudeau
I look forward to meeting PM @JustinTrudeau tomorrow and holding talks on further strengthening India-Canada relations in all spheres. I appreciate his deep commitment to ties between our two countries.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 22, 2018
- 07.16 am IST Looking forward to meeting Justin Trudeau: Narendra ModiNew Delhi: Prime Minster Narendra Modi on Thursday said he looks forward to holding talks with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau today to further strengthen relations between the two nations. “I look forward to meeting PM @JustinTrudeau tomorrow and holding talks on further strengthening India-Canada relations in all spheres. I appreciate his deep commitment to ties between our two countries,” Modi tweeted.Prime Minister Modi not receiving Trudeau at the airport, a courtesy he extended to some world leaders in the past, had triggered speculation in Canada that it was a snub to him for the rising Sikh radicalism in that country. PTI
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