Modi-Trudeau meet: Issued joint statement, focus on terrorism, trade ties

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The Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau held extensive talks on important issues of counter-terrorism and extremism as well as ways to enhance trade ties on Friday, following which both sides inked six pacts, including on energy cooperation.

While addressing a joint media event after almost two-hour long meeting, PM Modi with the Canadian Prime Minister said that they discussed the whole range of the bilateral partnership. Stressing that it is vital that both countries work together to fight terrorism, Modi said that there must be no place for those who misuse religion for political goals. Prime Minister Modi has also cleared it that those who challenge India’s sovereignty and unity will not be endured. PM Modi’s comments come in the middle of criticism of the Trudeau government’s soft approach in the direction of the Khalistan issue and the controversy over a convicted Khalistani terrorist accompanying the Canadian PM on his week-long trip to India.

Examining that Canadian PM Trudeau has visited various parts of India in last few days, PM Modi has said that the Canadian counterpart should have experienced the diversity of the nation. Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, on his side, called India as a natural partner for commercial cooperation. Prior to this, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on the Canadian Prime Minister and talked over a various matter of concerns of mutual interest. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted that the minister had a cordial meeting the Canadian PM and discussed ways to brace and develop the partnership between the two countries.

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