“The MEA advised the Canadians to have the official leg first, but the advice was not heeded.”
New Delhi: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finally met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on the penultimate day of his eight-day visit to India.
After all the cultural connections the Canadian Prime Minister was trying to establish through the week with an eye on the federal elections in Canada next year, Friday was the day when the two countries committing to neutralise threats coming from the terrorist groups like Al Qaida, IS, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Babbar Khalsa International and the International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF).
The officials of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said, “Framework for cooperation between India and Canada on countering terrorism and Violent Extremism was finalised at the bilateral meeting.”
The extremist group ISYF was in the news during the Trudeau visit, after it’s member Jaspal Atwal turned up at an event in Mumbai that was attended by the Canadian Premier. However, the Canadians on Thursday morning withdraw the invite to Atwal.
Highlighted points of the meeting:
On Friday morning, Trudeau arrived at the usually staid ceremonial welcome with his family of wife and three young kids.
The bilateral meeting took place at Hyderabad House. The areas of agreement included climate change, clean energy and economic partnership to benefit the growing middle class in both countries were made.
In the statement made to the media, the two Prime Ministers touched upon the shared values of democracy, diversity, pluralism and rule of law.
Delay in the Official Welcome:
The Trudeau had arrived in the country on February 17 and have travelled to Agra, Ahmedabad, Amritsar and Mumbai over the past week. The Government of India (GOI) made delay in welcoming the Canadian Prime Minister which made international news and interpreted as India giving Trudeau the cold shoulder.
The reason for this treatment was seen as Trudeau support to the Sikh extremist group demanding for the Khalistan state.
The MEA officials said that they had advised the Canadians to have the official leg first but the advice was not heeded, giving the impression that India was not welcoming of a man who is a poster-boy for liberals the world over.