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In Meeting With Amarinder Singh, Justin Trudeau Assured Of Canada's Stance On 'Khalistan' Issue

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| February 21 , 2018 , 18:43 IST

Following much speculations, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who is currently on a week-long India tour met Punjab's Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who has openly expressed his criticism towards Canada's overly sympathetic approach towards the Sikh separatist movement.

 After visiting Golden Temple in Amritsar, the Canadian PM along with his six cabinet ministers accompanying for the tour was warmly received by the state's CM at the Taj hotel. The leaders discussed the prospective trade, agriculture between Punjab and Canada.

Along with other relevant issues, Amarinder Singh didn't forget to raise the Khalistan issue, which could be seen as the sole reason for the unlikely welcome of Canadian PM on Indian land. However, Trudeau has assured Singh that Canada does not support any separatist movement in India.

Minutes after the meeting, the Chief Minister's office said, "The categorical assurance from Trudeau came when Captain Amarinder sought the Canadian Prime Minister's cooperation in cracking down on separatism and hate crime by a fringe element, constituting a minuscule percentage of Canada's population."

Captain Amarinder Singh is extremely impressed with Trudeau after having a 30-minute long conversation with him, in which many prospects of investment were discussed. Talking to ANI, "He is very sincere and willing to work alongside Punjab. I hope he will take our talks forward," Singh said.

CM Singh has reportedly handed over a list of people involved in the Khalistan moment and stated, "I raised the issue of Khalistan as it's the primary issue, as there is money coming in from various countries including Canada that then helps create unrest in Punjab."

The root of the tension between Punjab and Canada lies in Amarinder Singh's public announcement of "not interested" in meeting Canada's Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan Singh due to the latter's soft approach to Sikh extremist groups campaigning for a Khalistan state in April last year.

Post landing in India on Saturday, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has visited the iconic Taj Mahal, addressed the aspiring entrepreneurs at IIM Ahmadabad, visited the Golden Temple so far. He is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with PM Modi on Friday, a day before he wraps up his tour.