Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau along with his family is in India for an eight-day long trip and says that his first state visit to the country is focused on building business and cultural ties and not just political ones.
Trudeau’s eight-day trip got off to an awkward start after he was greeted by a junior minister from the agriculture department on his arrival instead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who usually welcomes his counterparts on their visits.
The Canadian Prime Minister dismissed media reports that he had been given the cold shoulder by Modi, saying: “I have met with the prime minister in various places around the world and looking forward to sitting down with him on Friday.”
He added, “We are here in such large number and for so many days for a very simple reason. India matters to Canada.” He said that his delegation had inked important investments in Canada by Indian companies like Tech Mahindra, Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services which will lead to the creation of more than 5,800 Canadian jobs.”
Media reports suggest that Justin Trudeau’s unenthusiastic welcome to India was due to the country’s concerns regarding his soft approach to Sikh extremist groups in Canada. However, Trudeau strongly rejected any such claims, and said that Canada supports “one united India”.
Justin Trudeau, whose 10-day trip to China in 2016 also resulted in a fuss over its duration and expense, said the India visit was “not just about political ties. It’s about deep business and economic ties that Canada will grow.”
He will meet Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab on Wednesday and will be visiting the Golden Temple in Amritsar. The state chief minister said he looked forward to meeting Justin Trudeau there.
“I‘m hopeful that this meeting will help strengthen the close Indo-Canadian business ties as well as the deep-rooted people-to-people relations between our two countries,” Amarinder Singh said in a Twitter post.