PM Modi meets Canadian counterpart Trudeau; Discussion on ways to further strengthen bilateral relations IG News

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau on the sidelines of the G-7 summit here on Monday, during which the two leaders took stock of India-Canada friendship and sought to expand trade and economic ties, cooperation in security and Counter-Terrorism. Modi and Trudeau are in the picturesque Schloss Elmau site of the summit in southern Germany here to attend the G-7 summit.

“Prime Minister @narendramodi and @JustinTrudeau meet on the sidelines of G-7 summit in Germany. They took stock of the India-Canada friendship and discussed ways to further strengthen it in various fields. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the two leaders discussed bilateral ties and agreed to expand trade and economic ties, security and counter-terrorism cooperation.

“Helpful exchange between PM @narendramodi and Canadian PM @JustinTrudeau at Schloss Elmau. The leaders discussed bilateral relations and agreed to expand trade and economic ties, security and counter terrorism as well as expand P2P ties,” he tweeted. This is the first individual bilateral meeting between the two leaders in four years. Trudeau visited India in February 2018, during which he held bilateral talks with Modi.

It is also the first meeting between the two leaders since Trudeau, who backed agitating farmers in India, said Canada would always be up for defending rights to peaceful protest, and expressed concern over the situation. His remarks angered India, which had summoned Canada’s High Commissioner in New Delhi, telling him that such remarks amounted to “unacceptable interference” in the country’s internal affairs and that if the action continues, There will be a “seriously damaging” impact on bilateral relations. , There is a large number of Indians in Canada, mostly from Punjab.

In February 2021, Trudeau reached out to Prime Minister Modi and requested a shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from India, which sent a consignment of Kovidshield to Canada a month later. Trudeau had lauded India and said that if the world manages to conquer COVID-19, it will be important because of India’s tremendous pharmaceutical potential and Prime Minister Modi’s leadership in sharing this potential with the world. Will happen.

Bilateral trade stood at USD 12.4 billion in 2021. More than 600 Canadian companies are present in India, while Indian companies in Canada are active in the fields of information technology, natural resources, steel and banking. Negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership between the two sides resumed in April 2022. Canada hosts the largest Indian diaspora in the world.

The Group of Seven (G7) is an intergovernmental political grouping consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. The German Presidency has invited Argentina, India, Indonesia, Senegal and South Africa to the G7 summit in Elmau, Bavaria.

Following the invitation of German Chancellor Scholz, Modi is attending the G7 summit held at the Alpine Palace in Schloss Elmau in southern Germany.

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