Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau today held discussions on a wide range of subjects related to both countries. Both leaders discussed ways to improve further ties between both countries including areas of energy and trade. They also briefed the media after their delegation and bilateral level talks. Earlier, PM Narendra Modi welcomed Trudeau with a warm hug before the ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Here are top highlights of the joint address of PM Narendra Modi and Justin Trudeau:
*After a meeting that went on for about two hours, PM Narendra Modi, while addressing a the media along with his Canadian counterpart, said they discussed the entire gamut of the bilateral partnership.
*Pointing out that it is important that the two countries work together in order to fight terrorism, Modi observed that there should be no place for those who misuse religion for political goals.
* Both sides inked six agreements, including on energy cooperation.
* During his interaction with the media, Modi said that Canada is an important country for students in India when it comes to higher education. More than 1 lakh 20 thousand Indian students are present in the country. Both countries also renewed their MoU on higher education which would enhance the exchange in terms of higher education, he added.
* Both leaders also touched upon the situation in North Korea as well as Maldives in the course of their discussions. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that both countries have similar thoughts on the situation.
* Narendra Modi further observed that Canada is a super power in energy sector and that it can player a greater role in fulfiling India’s needs.
* “There should be no space for those who misuse religion for political motives and promote separatism,” PM Modi said, in a clear reference to India’s concerns over Canada’s soft approach towards pro-Khalistani radicals. “We will not tolerate those who challenge unity and integrity of our countries, PM Modi said.
* For economic progress of both countries, a proper structure has to be developed further, Modi said. Keeping this in mind, both countries decided to double efforts on bilateral investment, promotional agreement and compehensive economic partnership, he added.
* 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, said Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.
* Earlier, during delegation level talks, both sides discussed strengthening cooperation in trade and investment, energy, education, healthcare, IT, start up, science & technology, defence and security, tourism and people-to-people contacts.