Modi, Trudeau talks all aspects of bilateral ties; six pacts signed
After the much awaited bear hug, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau on Friday held extensive talks on crucial issues of counter-terrorism and extremism.
There were also discussions on ways to boost India-Canada trade ties.
After the meeting, the two sides inked six pacts including on energy cooperation.
At the joint press conference, the two leaders said that they discussed the entire gamut of the India-Canada bilateral partnership.
Ahead of his meeting with Modi on Friday, Trudeau met with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and had a warm meeting.
After his meeting with Modi, the Canadian Prime Minister will also meet the heads of India Inc at a roundtable event.
Amid speculation of a snub by India, Modi said Trudeau’s visit was awaited for long and that India was happy that the Canadian PM visited along with his family.
With the Khalistan issue being in focus during this visit, Modi said that he and Trudeau discussed many issues, including defence cooperation.
The Indian Prime Minister added that terrorism and extremism were a threat to countries like India and Canada and that it was important for them to come together to fight these elements.
Referring to ongoing crises around the world, Modi said that India and Canada had similar thoughts when it came to the situation in North Korea and the Maldives.
Prime Minister Modi said that India will not tolerate those who challenge unity and integrity of our countries.