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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and PM Modi commit to deal with key points amid strained India-Canada relations at G7 Summit

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Canadian PM Justin Trudeau on the G7 Outreach Summit, in Apulia on Friday.
| Photo Credit: ANI

Amidst extreme pressure in bilateral ties, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned on June 15 that there was a dedication to work along with India to take care of some “very important issues” after he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G7 Summit.

PM Modi had posted a picture on social media of the 2 leaders shaking fingers on June 14, with a one-liner saying “met Canadian PM Justin Trudeau at the G7 Summit”.

The assembly which occurred on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Apulia, southern Italy, is the primary amid strained diplomatic relations over pro-Khalistani extremism after Mr. Trudeau alleged that Canadian authorities are “actively pursuing credible allegations” associated to Indian Government involvement within the homicide of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a chosen terrorist.

The Canadian allegations from final yr had been strongly rejected by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) as “absurd and motivated”.

“I’m not going to get into the details of this important, sensitive issue that we need to follow up, but this was a commitment to work together, in the coming times, to deal with some very important issues,” Mr. Trudeau  advised reporters at a press convention in Savelletri Di Fasano in Italy on June 15, the concluding day of the three-day G7 Summit.

The final assembly between the 2 leaders occurred on the sidelines of the G20 Summit hosted by India in September.

Soon after the assembly on June 14 night, the Canadian Prime Minister’s Office mentioned the leaders had a “brief discussion on the bilateral relationship”, throughout which Mr. Trudeau  additionally congratulated PM Modi on his re-election.

“Of course, there are important issues between our two countries right now. You can appreciate that we won’t be making any further statements at this time,” spokesperson Ann-Clara Vaillancourt was quoted by the Canadian Press information company as saying.

India has been sustaining that the primary problem between the 2 international locations is that of Canada giving house to pro-Khalistan parts working from Canadian soil with impunity.

India has repeatedly conveyed its “deep concerns” to Canada and New Delhi expects Ottawa to take sturdy motion towards these parts.

Nijjar’s homicide is being probed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Four Indian nationals have been arrested on this connection by the RCMP.

PM Modi’s assembly with Mr. Trudeau got here on the finish of a packed day of bilateral conferences for the Prime Minister, together with with French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Japanese PM Fumio Kishida, German Chancellor Olaf Scholtz and Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni — the host of the summit. He additionally had discussions with different world leaders gathered for the summit, together with with U.S. President Joe Biden.

Prime Minister Modi joined leaders of Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Jordan, Kenya, Mauritania, Tunisia, Turkiye, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to deal with the Outreach session on Artificial Intelligence, Energy, Africa and the Mediterranean, together with Pope Francis, on the invitation of Meloni.

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