New Delhi, Feb 24: Addressing a joint media briefing with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is on an eight-day tour of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday stressed that both countries need to fight the menace of terrorism together. PM Modi said attempts to challenge the integrity of both the nations won’t be tolerated. India and Canada have inked six agreements to boost trade and bilateral ties further.
“It is important for India and Canada to join hands in fighting terrorism. We have agreed to continue our efforts against the menace of terrorism. Terrorism and militancy are a big threat for both the countries,” PM Modi said.
“There should be no space for those who misuse religion for political motives and promote separatism. We will not tolerate those who challenge unity and integrity of our countries,” he added.
PM Modi’s direct and tough stance over terrorism comes at a time questions are being raised over Trudeau government’s ambigious stand over Khalistan terrorists. (Also Read: Justin Trudeau Cancels Dinner Invite to Convicted Khalistani Terrorist )
Speaking at the joint press briefing at New Delhi’s Hyderabad House, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau described India as his country’s natural ally. “We share not only rich a history but a set of values that encourage a natural friendship between our two countries,” Trudeau said.
“As Canada looks to diversify its own economy and looks for new opportunities to do business beyond its boundaries, India is a natural partner and a trusted friend for commercial cooperation,” he added.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau with his trademark bear hug ahead of a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan
After Trudeau, his wife Sophie, and children Xavier, Ella-Grace and Hadrien, alighted from a car on the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Modi shook hands with Trudeau and then hugged him. (Also Read: ‘Trying To Find Out’: MEA on How Khalistani Terrorist Jaswal Atwal Reached India)
Breaking his silence since the Canadian Prime Minister’s arrival in India on February 17, PM Modi, on Thursday evening, said that he looked forward to the bilateral meeting on Friday.
“I appreciate his (Trudeau’s) deep commitment to ties between our two countries,” Modi tweeted.
At the Rashtrapati Bhavan, while Modi shook hands with Sophie Trudeau, Xavier and little Hadrien, he had a special hug reserved for Elle-Grace.
On Thursday, the Indian leader had posted a picture of him playfully tweaking Elle-Grace’s ears with Trudeau smilingly looking on during a visit to Canada in 2015.
“I particularly look forward to meeting his children Xavier, Ella-Grace, and Hadrien,” Modi said in his tweet.
(With inputs from Agencies)