Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent a clear message to Justin Trudeau and the Canada government on Friday evening by saying that India will not tolerate anyone who wants to challenge country’s sovereignty, unity and integrity. This statement came days after Canada was embarrassed by inviting a convicted Khalistani supporter to a reception hosted by the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi and Mumbai. PM Modi said, “those who try to use communal sentiments and want to build separatist divides… who want to challenge our country’s sovereignty, unity and integrity” will never be tolerated.
Even though there was no mention of terrorism or extremism by the Canadian prime minister, a joint statement on ‘Framework for Cooperation between India and Canada on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism’ was issued later. This statement also named pro-Khalistan groups Babbar Khalsa International and International Sikh Youth Federation, and identified them as ‘terrorist groups’.
The statement said that both India and Canada are committed to working together to neutralize threats emanating from terrorist groups such as Al Qaida, ISIS, the Haqqani Network, LeT, JeM, Babbar Khalsa International, and the International Sikh Youth Federation.
Both the leaders also held talks to explore ways to boost ties in several key areas, including trade and energy. Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on the Canadian prime minister and discussed various issues of mutual interest.”Picture speaks for itself! EAM @SushmaSwaraj had a warm meeting with the Prime Minister of Canada @JustinTrudeau and discussed ways to strengthen and deepen our partnership,” Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted and posted a picture of the two leaders.
Meanwhile, the security officials of both the countries reviewed the ongoing collaboration between the law enforcement and security agencies. They committed to further develop exchanges and facilitate effective cooperation in the fields of security, finance, justice, and law enforcement, including, where appropriate, at the operational level.
“India and Canada have agreed on this Framework for Cooperation on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism (the “Framework”), the objective of which is to facilitate effective cooperation between law enforcement and security agencies and legal and policy practitioners,” the document said.