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Canadian PM hopes India, Canada sign nuclear pact soon

On his first visit to India, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that he hoped the two countries would soon sign the bilateral nuclear co-operation agreement to help India’s growing need for clean sources of energy.

mumbai Updated: Nov 17, 2009 01:36 IST
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On his first visit to India, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that he hoped the two countries would soon sign the bilateral nuclear co-operation agreement to help India’s growing need for clean sources of energy.

His three-day trip symbolises Canada’s approach to “deepen and nourish the existing business relationship”.

Addressing Canadian and Indian businessmen at the Trident Hotel, he condemned the 26/11 attacks, recalling Air India’s Kanishka bombing in 1985 and said, “Canada strongly condemns the despicable and cowardly attacks on Mumbai.”

Harper also visited Nariman House and paid homage to the victims of 26/11.

Talking about the worst global recession in half a century, Harper said, “We are both weathering the global recession better than most countries. This is not accidental, it is the result of a sound fiscal policy, prudent regulation, and goal-oriented economic management.”

He added that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s (then finance minister of India) economic reforms in 1990 are helping India now.

He called Canada India’s faithful friend and said signing of the foreign investment protection agreement would give confidence to businessmen that their investments will be safe.

Actor Akshay Kumar who will be the torchbearer for the 2010 Winter Olympics at Vancouver was also present.