Unlike the other dignitaries who visited India had received the red carpet treatment and got Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s famous hug, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was not the recipient of neither.
But quelling down the buzz of his absence on the first day of Trudeau’s arrival, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has finally come to meet his counterpart.
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Modi, Trudeau hold talks
The Prime Ministers have met at Hyderabad House where they are scheduled to hold bilateral talks. Modi, in a tweet last night, said he was looking forward to meeting Trudeau. The two are expected to cover wide-ranging areas in key sectors of mutual interest.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Hyderabad House in Delhi for delegation level talks later.
Trudeau, Swaraj hold talks
Justin Trudeau and Sushma Swaraj are holding bilateral talks. Their meeting comes a day after Swaraj met a Canadian delegation, including the Canadian Foreign Minister. They held discussions on a wide range of topics including strengthening relations in trade and investment, security and cybersecurity, energy, people to people contacts and other relevant bilateral and regional issues.
Justin Trudeau meets Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in Delhi. The two ministers are expected to talk about strengthening and deepening the partnership between the two countries, tweeted Foreign Ministry spokesperson.
Trudeau’s visit to India has been mired in controversy. The latest issues to dampen the mood? Canada-based Khalistani activist, convicted in the attempted murder of a Punjab Minister in 1986, was invited to two events organized for Trudeau, in Mumbai and Delhi. After it kicked up a row, the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi said it had rescinded the invitation last night. Meanwhile, a Canadian journalist who protested PM Modi’s visit to Canada in 2015, is also part of Trudeau’s delegation to India.
Justin Trudeau and family pay floral tribute at the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi in Rajghat.
— Vikas Swarup (@VikasSwarup) February 23, 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted Justin Trudeau with his signature bear-hug at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi.
Trudeau has a packed day ahead in the national capital. He heads to Rajghat now to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. Later, he is expected to hold talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj before meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Taking to Twitter yesterday, PM Modi said he was looking forward to meeting Trudeau. He also tweeted,
I hope PM @JustinTrudeau and his family had a very enjoyable stay so far. I particularly look forward to meeting his children Xavier, Ella-Grace, and Hadrien. Here is a picture from my 2015 Canada visit, when I’d met PM Trudeau and Ella-Grace. pic.twitter.com/Ox0M8EL46x
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 22, 2018
Replying to his tweet, Trudeau said, “She remembers it well, @narendramodi! It’s been great to visit so far – we’ll see you today.”
Trudeau given ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan
Trudeau was given a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. He was received by President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and members of the Union Cabinet. He has a busy day ahead.
RECAP: Trudeau arrived last Saturday and has traveled to several states in the country over the last week. Today, he will meet Narendra Modi and the two Prime Ministers will hold bilateral talks.