Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India and Canada are “made for each other” as he met his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau for the first time since he came to power last year.
Meeting on the margins of the Nuclear Security Summit, they reviewed bilateral ties, including progress on nuclear cooperation and atomic energy. They also discussed cooperation in education, clean energy, deep sea exploration and mining.
Modi told Trudeau that India and Canada are “made for each other”. According to external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup, Modi also said: “Canada has all the natural resources, and India has the need for those resources, and the manpower.”
When Modi visited Canada last year, he held extensive talks with then prime minister Stephen Harper, following which Ottawa agreed to supply 3,000 metric tonnes of uranium to power Indian reactors under a $254 million five-year agreement.
The agreement came after two years of protracted negotiations following the 2013 civil nuclear deal between India and Canada.
Modi noted that India-Canada cooperation in nuclear energy is “progressing very well”, Swarup said.
Congratulating Trudeau on his win in the November elections, Modi said there is new energy, dynamism and speed in bilateral relations. He pointed to possibilities for economic cooperation, Swarup said.
Trudeau complimented Modi on his intervention at the opening of the Nuclear Security Summit on Thursday.
Swarup said Trudeau’s remarks about having more Sikhs in his cabinet than Modi did not come up during their meeting. Trudeau’s cabinet has four Sikhs, including defence minister Harjit Sajjan, compared to two in Modi’s.
(with Agency inputs)