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Amid ‘Khalistani’ row, Harjit Sajjan to visit native Punjab tomorrow

Canada’s minister of national defence Harjit Singh Sajjan, who arrived in New Delhi on Monday on a weeklong visit to the country ending April 23, will reach Punjab on April 19.

punjab Updated: Apr 21, 2017 19:10 IST
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Harjit Singh Sajjan, Canada’s minister of national defence
Harjit Singh Sajjan, Canada’s minister of national defence(AFP)

Canada’s minister of national defence Harjit Singh Sajjan, who arrived in New Delhi on Monday on a weeklong visit to the country ending April 23, will reach Punjab on April 19.

Sources in the Canadian high commission said he will visit Amritsar on April 19 and will pay obeisance at the Golden Temple on April 20. He would be in Chandigarh on April 21 where he would inaugurate the new office of the consulate-general of Canada. During his two-day stay in Punjab, he will also meet civil society organisations, said sources.

Before his Punjab visit, Sajjan is scheduled to meet Union finance, defence and corporate affairs minister Arun Jaitley and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, besides other ministers and government officials. On April 18 evening, he will address a press conference in New Delhi.

Canadian high commissioner to India Nadir Patel said: “The minister’s visit is an ideal opportunity to highlight strong links between Canada and India and to boost our people-to-people ties. There continues to be enormous potential for more cooperation in all areas of the bilateral relationship.”

In Delhi, he will deliver a speech at an event hosted by the Observer Research Foundation. In Mumbai, Sajjan will visit Mumbai Port and meet several business and industry leaders.

On his arrival, Sajjan said his first trip to India since becoming Canada’s minister of national defence would strengthen Canada and India’s bilateral defence cooperation, and expand partnership in security and defence sectors.