PM Modi, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Encourage 'Natural Friendship' In Joint Statement

| February 23 , 2018 , 15:36 IST

Nearly a week after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in India with his family on February 17 for a week-long visit, he met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. The two leaders held extensive talks and signed several MoUs, exploring ways to boost ties between India and Canada in several key areas such as trade and energy, education, healthcare, IT, science and technology, defence and security, and tourism.

PM Modi and PM Trudeau witnessed an exchange of the MoUs and issued a joint press statement.

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau emphasised the bond between the two nations.

"We share not only rich a history but a set of values that encourage a natural friendship between our two countries," Canadian PM Trudeau said.

"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," he said.

"We discussed many issues including deference operation. Terrorism and extremism are a threat to countries like ours and to fight these elements it is important for us to come together," said PM Modi.

"Canada is an important destination for Indian students when it comes to higher education, more than 1 lakh 20 thousand of our students are there. We renewed our MoU on higher education which will enhance the exchange in terms of higher education," he said.

"We have similar thoughts when it comes to the situation in North Korea and Maldives," said PM Modi regarding North Korea's nuclear tests and the recent Emergency declared in the Maldives.  

"Canada is a energy super-power, it can fulfill our increasing energy demands," he said.

"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," said PM Modi.

The visit of Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has been mired in controversy after he was not personally greeted by PM Modi on his arrival and he spent the first part of his visit engaged in tourism. The invite issued to pro-Khalistani terrorist Jaspal Atwal by the Canadian High Commission to a reception event for PM Trudeau also led to controversy, although the invite was later rescinded.