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'My advice to Trudeau govt and that to Indian govt...': Canada envoy amid diplomatic tensions with Delhi

Canadian envoy stressed that the annual gathering of investors was a "great platform to reassert our business-to-business and people-to-people ties" and added that trade relations should not be affected by the ongoing diplomatic tensions.

Edited By: Ajeet Kumar @Ajeet1994 Gandhinagar Updated on: January 11, 2024 17:06 IST
Canadian envoy to Indian attended Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2024
Image Source : @HCCANIND/X Canada High Commissioner to India Cameron Mackay

India-Canada tension: Amid strained relations between India and Canada, the latter's High Commissioner to India Cameron Mackay underscored that despite the recent tensions, the strategic interests of New Delhi and Ottawa are "absolutely aligned", and he was encouraged by the continuance of bilateral trade and investment relationship. Speaking at a seminar on 'India-Canada Business: The Way Forward' at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit in Gujarat, he said this annual gathering of investors was a "great platform to reassert our business to business and people to people ties."

Notably, the relations between the two countries saw some bitterness last year following Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's allegation about India's suspected involvement in the killing of Khalistani separatist and designated terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in his country. India denied the allegation as absurd.

"In the past months it has been a time of some tensions between our two countries.  It is no secret. But I am encouraged by leadership and vision of business community present here and outside the room to continue with trade and investment relationship which is in the interest of both of our countries," Mackay said.

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The business-to-business ties will support job creation, technology partnership and prosperity of both countries, he added. "My advice to my government and that to the Indian government and business community on both sides is to let the governments do what they are doing, let the government do diplomacy but everyone knows that in the long term, Canada's strategic interest and India's strategic interest are absolutely aligned," the high commissioner said.

"In the meantime let's have business-to-business ties. We should work together to make our business and nations friendly again," he added. Business relations between the two countries have remained unaffected by the diplomatic row, Mackay said. "Over 100 Indian companies have invested in Canada and over 600 Canadian companies are present in India. Yesterday, I visited the McCain plant here in Gujarat," he said.

Former Indian high commissioner to Pakistan and Canada Ajay Bisaria said the tensions between the two countries seem to be a temporary phase. "Though there is a glitch between the two countries in a political relationship, the business is going on and the message from the top leadership of both the countries is clear that the business has to go on and none of the stuff in the political space will impact the business relationship," he said at the seminar.

(With inputs from agency)

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