Narendra Modi in joint presser with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau: no place for misuse of religion for political motives

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New Delhi:MNN: In the presence of his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau,

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that any attempts to challenge India’s sovereignty and unity will not be tolerated.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi sending a clear message at a time when Canada is perceived as having been soft on Khalistani terrorists.

“There should be no space for those who misuse religion for political aims and promote separatism.

We will not tolerate those who challenge unity and integrity of our countries, ” PM Modi said as he addressed a joint press meet with the Canadian PM.

Justin Trudeau is on a week-long visit to India, accompanied with his wife and three children and a delegation of ministers.

Modi and Trudeau on Friday held extensive talks on crucial issues of counter-terrorism and extremism.

Also well as ways to boost India-Canada trade ties.

After the meeting, the two sides inked six pacts, including on energy cooperation.

Trudeau was also greeted warmly by PM Modi, who went on to express his happiness at the Canadian premier’s visit.

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After their meeting of nearly two hours, PM Modi and Trudeau addressed a joint media event.

At the event, PM Modi said they discussed the entire gamut of the India-Canada bilateral partnership.

Ahead of his meeting with Modi on Friday, Trudeau met with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and had a “warm meeting”.

Modi received Trudeau and his family at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

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Greeting the visiting head of state, Modi gave Trudeau his famous bear hug.

After being welcomed at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, Trudeau and his family paid their tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

After his meeting with Modi, the Canadian Prime Minister will also meet the heads of India Inc at a roundtable event.

Trudeau’s maiden India visit had plunged into controversy on Thursday because of a dinner invitation to convicted Khalistani terrorist Jaspal Atwal by the Canadian High Commissioner to India.

Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on the Canadian prime minister and discussed various issues of mutual interest.

Swaraj had a warm meeting with Trudeau and discussed ways to strengthen and deepen the partnership between the two countries, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

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