Justin Trudeau to meet Amarinder tomorrow, agenda ‘open’


Visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, known as “Justin Singh” for his outreach to the Sikh community in Canada, will meet with Punjab Prime Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh in Amritsar on Wednesday. “I look forward to meeting Canadian Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau in Amritsar on Wednesday, and I hope that this meeting will help strengthen the strong Indo-Canadian business ties as well as deep-rooted relations between our two countries,” Singh tweeted on Monday. at night.

The agenda is “open,” said a source in the government. “We hope that the concerns and sensitivities of the Indian side will be conveyed appropriately, and he will meet Friday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bilateral talks,” the source said.

The sources told The Indian Express that the Canadian High Commission initially was hesitant about scheduling a meeting with Singh. Trudeau, after landing in Delhi on Saturday, took the call to arrive at a meeting. The MEA sent a new itinerary to the Punjab government on Monday that included an interaction between the two on February 21. The one-to-one meeting can last about 20 minutes as Trudeau is scheduled to arrive at the Taj Swarna hotel, where the meeting will take place. It will take place at 12.40 p. m. After visiting Golden Temple and Partition Museum, and depart to the airport at 1 pm to fly to Delhi at 1.15 p.m. m.

In the past, Singh has alleged that some of Trudeau’s cabinet ministers are sympathizers of Khalistani. He also said that the Sikh community in Canada is a hotbed of Sikh separatists who support extremist elements.

Before Trudeau’s visit, Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan had said on February 7 that Singh’s accusations were “offensive” and “ridiculous”. In his bilateral interactions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Trudeau has maintained that his party and the government are in favor of a “united India”, but his country allows freedom of expression that does not go against the rule of law. However, there has been concern in South Block about Trudeau’s actions in the last year.

The sources said that it is necessary to carry out “some frank discussions” with Trudeau on this subject. While Modi raised the issue with Trudeau during some of his bilateral interactions, the sources said it is important to convey the importance of public opinion through the state leadership of Punjab. Row over reception

There was controversy over Prime Minister Narendra Modi who did not receive Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the airport. As a rule, a PM does not receive a PM or visiting President at the airport. The Prime Ministers make those exceptions, depending on the importance that New Delhi gives to a particular bilateral relationship.

PM Modi has made some exceptions, for example with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the crown prince of the UAE Mohammed bin Zayed, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the US President Barack Obama and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina.

There was a lot of thought in South Block before Modi went to meet these leaders at the airport. It is a sum total of factors. From now on, the strategic component of the relationship is quite thin. India and Canada have an economic relationship. There is hardly a defense relationship and security cooperation is minimal. However, Canada hosts more than 1.2 million IOPs, which represent 3% of its population. In addition, more than 1 lakh of Indian students study in Canada.