Justin Trudeau India Visit Updates: Canadian PM praises bilateral trade, says it's worth Rs 8 billion and can grow further

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Justin Trudeau India Visit Updates: Canadian PM praises bilateral trade, says it's worth Rs 8 billion and can grow further
  • 15:11 (IST)

    Watch: India, Canada exchange agreements; Justin Trudeau, Narendra Modi hold joint press conference

  • 14:45 (IST)

    Amid 'cold' response to Canada PM, Tamilians on Twitter are losing their minds about him

    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.

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  • 14:41 (IST)

    Visuals from Trudeau-Modi joint press conference

  • 14:27 (IST)

    MEA refers to Canadian side as 'Iranian' on its official website

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    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."

  • 14:15 (IST)

    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. 

  • 14:11 (IST)

    Canada looks to diversify its own economy: Justin Trudeau

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    Will not tolerate those who try to divide country, says Modi

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    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. 

  • 14:04 (IST)

    '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."

  • 14:00 (IST)

    'People-to-people interaction is the bedrock of India-Canada relations,' says Modi

  • 13:58 (IST)

    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."

  • 13:57 (IST)

    'Those challenging the sovereignty, unity and integrity of our countries cannot even be tolerated': Modi

  • 13:55 (IST)

    'Happy you visited with your family'

  • 13:51 (IST)

    MoUs on education, trade and investment exchanged between India and Canada

  • 13:50 (IST)

    WATCH: Narendra Modi-Justin Trudeau to address joint press conference

  • 13:49 (IST)

    Narendra Modi-Justin Trudeau to deliver their joint statement shortly

  • 13:48 (IST)

    Justin Trudeau and Narendra Modi discuss trade, investment at delegation-level talks

  • 13:47 (IST)

    '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 NDTVVivek 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."

  • 13:26 (IST)

    Visuals of Indian, Canadian media waiting for Modi-Trudeau's joint statement

  • 13:05 (IST)

    'New momentum in relationship!' 

  • 12:55 (IST)

    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.

  • 12:51 (IST)

    Images of Narendra Modi and Justin Trudeau at Hyderabad House

    Delegation-level talks are underway at the moment. 

  • 12:28 (IST)

    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.

  • 12:12 (IST)

    WATCH: Narendra Modi meets Canadian PM Justin Trudeau at Hyderabad House

  • 12:08 (IST)

    Justin Trudeau and Narendra Modi meet at Hyderabad House

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    Modi-Trudeau meet next on agenda

    At 12 pm, Justin Trudeau is scheduled to meet Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House.

  • 11:07 (IST)

    More visuals from Justin Trudeau's meet with Sushma Swaraj

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    Union minister Harsimrat Badal Kaur misses the ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan

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    Images from Trudeau's visit to Rajghat earlier

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    Justin Trudeau meets Sushma Swaraj, discuss ways to strengthen partnership

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    More images of Justin Trudeau meeting Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhavan

  • 10:29 (IST)

    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.

  • 10:22 (IST)

    WATCH: Justin Trudeau pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat

  • 10:17 (IST)

    More photos from Justin Trudeau's official welcome ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan

  • 10:13 (IST)

    Is Justin Trudeau's trip a total disaster?

    Writing for The Washington Postjournalist 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."

  • 09:39 (IST)

    Journalist who protested Narendra Modi's 2015 Canada visit is part of Justin Trudeau's delegation visiting India

    According to The Indian ExpressCanadian 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. 

  • 09:19 (IST)

    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.

  • 09:15 (IST)

    WATCH: Canada PM Justin Trudeau meets Indian delegation

  • 09:13 (IST)

    WATCH: Narendra Modi hugs Justin Trudeau, welcomes family in New Delhi 

  • 09:11 (IST)

    Visuals of Trudeau at the Guard of Honour ceremony

  • 09:10 (IST)

    WATCH: Narendra Modi welcomes Justin Trudeau at Rashtrapati Bhavan

  • 09:05 (IST)

    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. 

  • 08:44 (IST)

    RECAP: Sushma Swaraj and her Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland discuss trade, security, investment

  • 08:17 (IST)

    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.

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  • 08:15 (IST)

    Justin Trudeau responds to Modi's tweet, says his daughter remembers his visit well

  • 08:11 (IST)

    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.

  • 07:52 (IST)

    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

  • 07:42 (IST)

    Modi reminisces 2015 meeting with Trudeau, tweets photo 

  • 07:41 (IST)

    Modi looks forward to meeting Trudeau

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau arrived on Saturday on an eight-day visit at the invitation of his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi.

"Strategic partnership underpinned by shared values of democracy and pluralism! Namaste to the Right Honorable @JustinTrudeau, Prime Minister of Canada as he arrives on the state visit to India from 17-24 February, 2018," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

 Justin Trudeau India Visit Updates: Canadian PM praises bilateral trade, says its worth Rs 8 billion and can grow further

Canada's PM Justin Trudeau with his son feeds an elephant during a tour of the elephant sanctuary in Mathura. PTI

On Sunday, Trudeau started his visit to India with a tour of the iconic Taj Mahal, which he had first seen 35 years ago. Trudeau was accompanied by wife and three kids during the tour of white marble mausoleum on the banks of Ganga river.

"I was about Xav's age when I first visited the Taj Mahal almost 35 years ago... and it's amazing to be back with him & the family on Day 1 of our trip to India," he tweeted.

The Canadian first family was visibly thrilled during the visit and posed for a picture seated on the iconic bench with the monument in the backdrop.

The visit is aimed at further strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries in key areas of mutual interest trade and investment, energy, science and innovation, higher education, infrastructure development, skill development and space, a ministry statement said. Cooperation in security and counter-terrorism as well as exchange of views on global and regional issues of mutual interest will also form important components of the visit.

Canada is also home to around 1.4 million people of Indian origin.

Modi will hold bilateral talks with Trudeau on February 23 following which a number of agreements are expected to be signed. The trip comes nearly three years after Modi visited Canada in April 2015. The last visit of a Canadian Prime Minister to India was in November 2012.

During the course of his stay in India, Trudeau will also visit Agra, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Amritsar.

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Updated Date: Feb 23, 2018 15:11:06 IST