Amarinder to meet Trudeau on Wednesday

21 February, 2018, 09:19 | Author: Luis Fowler
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with his son Hadrien feeds an elephant during a tour of the elephant sanctuary in Mathura

India's High Commissioner to Canada Vikas Swarup tweets about Justin Trudeau's discussion at the India-Canada business forum in Mumbai today.

A motion in the Ontario legislature previous year to label anti-Sikh riots at the Golden Temple in 1984 as a genocide, and recent decisions by more than a dozen Canadian gurdwaras to ban entry to Indian diplomats in their official capacity, fuelled India's concerns over growing radicalism in Canada. Singh had refused to meet Canada's Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan past year and called him a Khalistan sympathizer, and stating that his government would not meet anyone who supports the Khalistan cause.

He met state Chief Minister Vijay Rupani during his visit to Gujarat on Monday.

Trudeau was greeted by junior agriculture minister, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, upon arrival in New Delhi, and isn't scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi until February 23, a good six days into the trip.

Following his visit to the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, the Canadian Prime Minister attended an event at Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A).

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Earlier, Capt Amarinder had denied meeting Trudeau while publicly accusing members of his Cabinet of being connected to the Sikh separatist movement, Khalistan.

Regarding the absence of PM Modi at the airport to welcome Trudeau and his family to India, official sources said that the Prime Minister going to welcome a leader at the airport was a "departure from protocol" and a special gesture from the PM accorded to a few leaders only.

While sharing the experience about his Taj Mahal visit, Trudeau said, "I was fortunate enough to visit India as a child with my father in my childhood with bodyguards but this time I came with my kids and I tried to make them understand the kind of transformation has taken place here".

"Look forward to meeting Canadian Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau in Amritsar on Wednesday".

Ottawa's lack of actions on New Delhi's repeated call to rein in anti-India radical Sikh activists in Canada irked India and cast a shadow over Trudeau's week-long visit to India. The 46-year-old Prime Minister and his family also fed the elephants and interacted with Wildlife SOS founders, veterinarians and caregivers. "When we meet people who have different stories and background from us, we learn and grow and create a more resilient community", Trudeau said. He had even accused Sajjan of being a "Khalistani sympathizer".



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