Will this warm hug thaw relations between India and Canada?

National | Feb. 23, 2018, 11:57 a.m.

New Delhi, Feb 23: When the two leaders met, the PM did what he always does -- enveloped the Canadian PM in a bear hug. Justin Trudeau also inspected a guard of honour at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. 

Modi received Trudeau, along with his wife Sophie and children Xavier, Ella-Grace, and Hadrien. The two leaders will hold talks later in the day on further strengthening India-Canada bilateral relations.

The bilateral talks will focus on trade, defence, civil nuclear cooperation, space, climate change and education. Delegation level talks will also be held, with a number of agreements expected to be signed in several areas. 

The Canadian Prime Minister, who is on a week-long State visit, arrived in Delhi on Thursday.

Trudeaus maiden India visit was plunged into controversy on Thursday over a dinner invitation to convicted Khalistani terrorist Jaspal Atwal by the Canadian high commissioner to India.


Swiftly moving to control damage, High Commissioner Nadir Patel cancelled the invite for the dinner, hosted on Thursday for Trudeau, while the external affairs ministry said it will ascertain how Atwal entered India.

Trudeau attended a reception dinner at Canadian High Commission in Delhi and said, "People of India are kind, genuine and open. They are proud of their rich culture and strong diversity. I have no doubt that this experience will stay with my family for the rest of their lives." 

Sharing his experiences about his trip so far, Trudeau said this trip for him, on a personal level, has been about discovering India, sharing it, learning about it and sharing it with his kids.


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