New Delhi, January 24: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the meeting held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday. Trudeau, who is scheduled to visit India on February 17, tweeted that he would be seeing his Indian counterpart “very soon”. Also Read - Republic Day Parade 2021: All You Need to Know About PM Modi's 'Special' Paghdi From Jamnagar
“Canada and India share special bonds of history, friendship and trade. Thank you Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the meeting today – we’ll see you in India very soon…,” Trudeau tweeted. (Also read: Justin Trudeau Will Visit India on February 17) Also Read - Republic Day 2021: India All Set For Mega Celebrations Amid Elaborate Security Arrangements | Key Points
Trudeau is visiting India from February 17-23 at the invitation of Modi, the external affairs ministry said in a statement. Cooperation in security and counter-terrorism as well as exchange of views on global and regional issues of mutual interest will form important components of the visit, the ministry said. (Also read: PM Modi meets global CEOs in Davos)
“The visit is aimed at further strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries in key areas of mutual interest including trade and investment, energy, science and innovation, higher education, infrastructure development, skill development and space,” the MEA said.
Canada is one of the uranium suppliers to India and the two nations also have a nuclear cooperation pact in place.
India and Canada share a strategic partnership underpinned by the values of democracy, pluralism, equality for all and rule of law, the ministry said.
Strong people-to-people contacts and the presence of a large Indian Diaspora in Canada provide a strong foundation for the relationship, it said.
Canada is home to over 1.2 million Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) who comprise more than 3 per cent of its population.
Modi had made a bilateral visit to Canada in April 2015.
The last visit of a Canadian prime minister to India was in November 2012 when Stephen Harper had made a trip to the country.
With inputs from PTI