Modi, Trudeau discuss terrorism, trade ties; ink six pacts

After meeting the Canadian PM, Narendra Modi said there should be no place for those who misuse religion for political goals.

india Updated: Feb 23, 2018 15:10 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Friday.(Vipin Kumar/HT photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau on Friday held extensive talks on key issues of counter-terrorism and extremism as well as ways to boost trade ties, after which the two sides inked six pacts, including on energy cooperation.

After their nearly two-hour long meeting, Modi, while addressing a joint media event with the Canadian Prime Minister, said they discussed the entire gamut of the bilateral partnership.

Asserting that it is important that the two countries work together to fight terrorism, Modi said there should be no place for those who misuse religion for political goals.

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The Prime Minister also made it clear that those who challenge India’s sovereignty and unity will not be tolerated.

Modi’s remarks come amidst criticism of the Trudeau government’s soft approach towards the Khalistan issue and the controversy over a convicted Khalistani terrorist accompanying the Canadian PM on his week-long trip to India.

Observing that Trudeau has visited various parts of India in last few days, Modi said the Canadian leader must have experienced the diversity of the country.

On his part, Trudeau described India as a natural partner for commercial cooperation.

Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on the Canadian Prime Minister and discussed various issues of mutual interest.

Swaraj had a warm meeting with Trudeau and discussed ways to strengthen and deepen the partnership between the two countries, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

First Published: Feb 23, 2018 14:59 IST