Addressing a joint media event after nearly two-hour long meeting, PM Narendra Modi and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau on Friday said they discussed the entire gamut of the bilateral partnership.
The two leaders held extensive talks on key issues of counter-terrorism and extremism as well as ways to boost trade ties, after which they inked six pacts, including on energy cooperation.
Earlier in the day, Trudeau held a "warm" meeting with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in which they discussed ways to strengthen and deepen the partnership between the two countries. The Canadian PM inspected a guard of honour at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, after which he along with his family paid tribute to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi at the Rajghat.
Asserting that it is important that the two countries work together to fight terrorism, Modi said there should be no place for those who misuse religion for political goals. The prime minister also made it clear that those who challenge India's sovereignty and unity will not be tolerated.
— ANI (@ANI) February 23, 2018
The prime minister's remarks come amidst criticism of the Trudeau government's soft approach towards the Khalistan issue.
Observing that Trudeau has visited various parts of India in last few days, Modi said the Canadian leader must have experienced the diversity of the country.
On his part, Trudeau described India as a natural partner for commercial cooperation.