PM Modi flags anti-India acts in Canada with Justin Trudeau

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed India’s strong concerns about continuing anti-India activities of extremist elements in Canada, to his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau during the G20 Summit.

During his meeting with the Canadian prime minister after the conclusion of the G20 summit, Modi told Trudeau that these elements are promoting secessionism and inciting violence against Indian diplomats, damaging diplomatic premises, and threatening the Indian community in Canada and their places of worship, a statement issued by the External Affairs said.

“The nexus of such forces with organised crime, drug syndicates and human trafficking should be a concern for Canada as well. It is essential for the two countries to cooperate in dealing with such threats,” the statement quoted him as saying. Modi at the same time highlighted that India-Canada relations are anchored in shared democratic values, respect for rule of law and strong people-to-people ties, the statement said.

During a press conference Trudeau said that Canada would defend the freedom to expression, and peaceful protest, the north American country’s government would also push back any kind of hatred that was perpetrated.

“I think on the issue of the community, it is important to remember that the actions of the few do not represent the entire community or Canada. The flip side of it, we also highlighted the importance of respecting the rule of law.”

India’s relationship with Canada is being touted to be in a tight spot. Tensions have flared in recent months over the presence of pro-Khalistan separatist groups in the maple country. In a significant move, just before the G20 Summit, Canada has reportedly suggested putting a pause on the ongoing free trade talks with India.

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