Watch: India, Canada exchange agreements; Justin Trudeau, Narendra Modi hold joint press conference
Watch: India, Canada exchange agreements; Justin Trudeau, Narendra Modi hold joint press conference
On his visit to India, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has gone to a lot of places. He has been to the Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat, Golden Temple in Amritsar and Jama Masjid in New Delhi.
He has met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh.
Yet, for some reason, the ones who are most excited (at least on Twitter) about Trudeau's visit to India seem to be Tamilians.
#Tamils4JustinTrudeau is trending on Twitter. This fact becomes stranger when takes into consideration that Trudeau has neither visited Tamil Nadu nor said anything particularly focused on the Tamil community.
MEA refers to Canadian side as 'Iranian' on its official website
Committed to building friendship with Canadian-based with Indian community: Modi
"We are committed to building friendliness with the Canadian-based Indian community and seeking active participation in India's progress. India-Canada is a natural partnership of shared values. I hope to have more robust partnership between the two countries and the bright future of our two countries."
कनाडा स्थित भारतीय समुदाय के साथ मित्रता के निर्माण हेतु हम प्रतिबद्ध हैं और भारत की प्रगति में उनकी सक्रिय भागीदारी चाहते हैं। भारत-कनाडा साझा मूल्यों की एक स्वाभाविक साझेदारी है। मुझे दोनों देशों के बीच अधिक मजबूत साझेदारी और हमारे दोनों देशों के उज्ज्वल भविष्य की आशा है: PM— PMO India (@PMOIndia) February 23, 2018
Six MoUs signed between Canada and India
MoUs were signed on energy, higher education, trade and investment, sports etc. You can read the full list on the official MEA website.
Canada looks to diversify its own economy: Justin Trudeau
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: #JustinTrudeau pic.twitter.com/39Xht4ECab— ANI (@ANI) February 23, 2018
Will not tolerate those who try to divide country, says Modi
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: PM Modi— ANI (@ANI) February 23, 2018
India is a trusted friend: Trudeau
"As Canada looks to do business beyond borders, India is a natural partner and trusted friend in commercial operations," says Justin Trudeau.
'Talked about how to come together to benefit both Indians and Canada': Trudeau
"I thank Prime Minister Modi for his warm reception here. We share, not only a rich history, but a natural friendship between the two nations. I'm glad to say we wrapped up a productive meeting and discussed mutual interests.
First, talked about how to come together to benefit both Indians and Canada."
'People-to-people interaction is the bedrock of India-Canada relations,' says Modi
Terrorism, extremism threats to pluralistic societies: Modi
"We have agreed to strengthen our security cooperation. Terrorism and extremism are threats to democratic, pluralistic societies like India and Canada. It is important to come together to combat these."
हम अपने सुरक्षा सहयोग को सुदृढ़ करने पर सहमत हुए हैं।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) February 23, 2018
आतंकवाद और उग्रवाद भारत और कनाडा जैसे लोकतांत्रिक, बहुलवादी समाजों के लिए खतरा हैं। इन ताकतों का मुकाबला करने के लिए हमारा साथ आना महत्वपूर्ण है: PM @narendramodi
'Those challenging the sovereignty, unity and integrity of our countries cannot even be tolerated': Modi
धर्म का राजनीतिक उद्देश्य के लिए दुरूपयोग करने वालों को और बॅंटवारे की खाई खोदने वालों के लिए कोई जगह नहीं होनी चाहिए।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) February 23, 2018
हमारे देशों की संप्रभुता, एकता और अखंडता को चुनौती देने वालों को भी बर्दाश्त नहीं किया जा सकता: PM @narendramodi
MoUs on education, trade and investment exchanged between India and Canada
Narendra Modi-Justin Trudeau to deliver their joint statement shortly
Justin Trudeau and Narendra Modi discuss trade, investment at delegation-level talks
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
'Stop trying so hard': Indians to Justin Trudeau
The Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, is known to go to extreme lengths to project himself as part of a cause. It is very evident on his India trip where he can been wearing dazzling sherwanis and performing bhangra at a Canada House event or wearing kurtas to the Golden Temple. Social media users were quick to latch on to this and began saying that 'it was too Indian even for Indians'. According to NDTV, Vivek Dehejia, an economics professor in Ottawa told Canada's Global News, "It's a little over the top. I understand on day one having to wear the traditional clothes, but now it's getting too much."
India-Canada ties show signs of tension since Justin Trudeau began his India trip
Ties between India and Canada have shown signs of tension ever since Trudeau began his visit to India.
First off, Modi not receiving his Canadian counterpart Justin 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.
There were stories in Canadian media that said Trudeau's perceived support for Sikh separatists may be the reason for the "snub".
The Sikhs in Canada wield significant political clout and Trudeau's Cabinet has four Sikh members. The (government) sources said the prime minister received around five leaders at the airport during the last three-and-half years which included the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former US president Barack Obama, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan twice.
Delegation-level talks to take place at 12.30 pm
As per the Canadian prime minister's website, Justin Trudeau, along with the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, the Minister of Defence, Harjit Sajjan, the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Amarjeet Sohi, the Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, Kirsty Duncan, and the Minister of Small Business and Tourism, Bardish Chagger will hold an expanded bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House.
Modi-Trudeau meet next on agenda
At 12 pm, Justin Trudeau is scheduled to meet Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House.
Union minister Harsimrat Badal Kaur misses the ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan
Sorry to miss the ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan and lunch at Hyderabad House today, with Canadian PM @JustinTrudeau , due to prior commitment to the people of my constituency, who will be waiting for me at a rally in Sardulgarh.— Harsimrat Kaur Badal (@HarsimratBadal_) February 23, 2018
Justin Trudeau meets Sushma Swaraj, discuss ways to strengthen partnership
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. pic.twitter.com/4nB1QmwgQT— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) February 23, 2018
Harsimrat Badal urges Justin Trudeau to launch Amritsar-Toronto flights
Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Thursday urged Trudeau to start Toronto-Amritsar Air Canada flights on the sidelines of the India-Canada business session, reported Hindustan Times.
More photos from Justin Trudeau's official welcome ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan
As PM @JustinTrudeau receives ceremonial welcome at @rashtrapatibhvn on his State Visit to India, take a look at the strategic partnership b/w #IndiaCanada based on the shared values of democracy & pluralismhttps://t.co/OymNDhFhwF pic.twitter.com/Mm6VP1607E— Indian Diplomacy (@IndianDiplomacy) February 23, 2018
Is Justin Trudeau's trip a total disaster?
Writing for The Washington Post, journalist Barkha Dutt says that the unusual length of Trudeau's trip may help explain why it began on a "discordant note". The editorial quotes government sources as saying that India had requested Canada to shorten Trudeau's trip or sequence it differently, beginning with political talks. However, that did not happen. "India wanted to start the trip with political talks before Trudeau played tourist. The Canadians disagreed. Also, the Canadians expected Modi to accompany Trudeau to his home state of Gujarat, just as he had done with Shinzo Abe, Xi Jinping and Benjamain Netanyahu. India declined."
Journalist who protested Narendra Modi's 2015 Canada visit is part of Justin Trudeau's delegation visiting India
According to The Indian Express, Canadian journalist Manvir Singh Saini, who had protested Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 2015 visit to Canada, is part of Justin Trudeau's media delegation and has accompanied him to all official events so far.
In 2015, photos of Saini holding banners that read "Modi is a Terrorist", "Modi you are not welcome in Canada", and "India out of Khalistan" had gone viral at the time.
Trudeau to head to Rajghat next
Following his official welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau will move to the Rajghat next, where he will lay a wreath at Mahatma Gandhi's memorial.
Narendra Modi welcomes Justin Trudeau and his family at Rashtrapati Bhavan
The Canadian prime minister was welcomed with a Guard of Honour, with the Canadian and Indian national anthems played in the background. This is the first engagement for the day for Trudeau's schedule.
RECAP: Sushma Swaraj and her Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland discuss trade, security, investment
EAM @SushmaSwaraj and Canadian Foreign Minister @cafreeland had wide ranging discussions on strengthening relations in trade and investment, security and cyber security, energy, people to people contacts and other relevant bilateral and regional issues. pic.twitter.com/FfIFx5AfB0— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) February 22, 2018
It will take combined charm of PMs to mitigate bad vibes
But those (Canada's) linkages (with Khalistan), frowned upon by New Delhi, could have escaped too much scrutiny if those who had scheduled Trudeau's visit had listened to India and ensured he stopped early in the National Capital for the government-to-government dialogue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Instead, they opted to have him gallivant across the country — from Agra to Ahmedabad and Mumbai to Amritsar. In that period, people noticed Modi had not welcomed him with his trademark tweet (something he eventually did on Thursday, on the eve of their meeting), and the story of the 'snub' went global.
As the two prime ministers finally meet at Hyderabad House in New Delhi at noon, something could still be salvaged out of this magnified mess. And the relationship between India and Canada is far too significant to allow it to be reflected in the buildup to that bilateral summit. But it will take the combined charm of Trudeau and Modi to elevate the public conversation over the debris left by the disaster so far.
Modi's meet comes a day after controversy over Khalistani leader's invitation with Trudeau
Amid the row over the presence of Khalistani sympathisers in Canada's Cabinet, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that Jaspal Atwal should "never have received an invitation" to his event, even as India said it is ascertaining details on how the convicted militant obtained a visa.
Addressing the controversy, Trudeau said the dinner invitation to Atwal, who was once active in the International Sikh Youth Federation, was rescinded as soon as the Canadian government received the information about him, ANI reported.
Justin Trudeau's schedule for the day:
9 am - Official greeting ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan
9.30 am - Wreath laying ceremony at Rajghat
10.15 am - Trudeau to meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
12 pm - Meet Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House
12.30 pm - Ministers of Canadian cabinet to hold expanded bilateral talks with Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House
1.15 pm - Exchange of agreements and deliver remarks with Narendra Modi
2.45 pm - Participate in a roundtable with Chief Executive Officers at Taj Diplomatic Enclave Hotel
5 pm - Meet President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan
6.30 pm - Will hold media availability at Taj Diplomatic Enclave Hotel
Modi reminisces 2015 meeting with Trudeau, tweets photo
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
Modi looks forward to meeting 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
Latest update: Addressing the joint press conference, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the Indian government is committed to building friendliness with the Canadian-based Indian community and seeking active participation in India's progress.
With questions raised over his silence so far ever since Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau's arrival in India on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday evening welcomed him on his visit and said that he looked forward to meeting him on Friday.
"I look forward to meeting PM @JustinTrudeau tomorrow and holding talks on further strengthening India-Canada relations in all spheres," Modi tweeted.
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
"I appreciate his deep commitment to ties between our two countries," he said. In a separate tweet, Modi said that he hoped Trudeau had an enjoyable visit to India so far and that he particularly looked forward to meeting Trudeau's three children Xavier, Ella-Grace and Hadrien. He also posted a picture of him along with Trudeau and Ella-Grace during his visit to Canada in April 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
Modi's comments came even as a row broke out about an invitation being extended to convicted Khalistan separatist Jaspal Atwal by the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi for a reception on Thursday night in honour of the visiting dignitary.
The High Commission has since rescinded the invitation and the Indian external affairs ministry has said that it is being ascertained how India issued a visa to Atwal.
In 1987, Atwal and three others were found guilty of the attempted assassination of a Punjab state minister who was on a visit to Canada the previous year and were sentenced to 20 years in prison.
The incident was the latest to happen amid wide speculation of Modi and his government cold-shouldering Trudeau during his eight-day state visit to India that started on 17 February. The visiting dignitary and his family have since visited Agra, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Amritsar.
While Modi did not accompany Trudeau to Ahmedabad, a meeting with Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh at Amritsar on Wednesday was organised only at the last moment.
Ties between New Delhi and Ottawa have been frosty in recent times as Canada is being seen as offering a platform to separatists demanding an independent Khalistan.
The visit of Trudeau, who assumed office in November 2015, comes after the visit of Modi to Canada in April that year.
With inputs from IANS
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Updated Date: Feb 23, 2018 17:16:47 IST
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