Canadian PM Justin Trudeau meets Punjab CM in Amritsar

Ties between India, Canada will not move ahead only on political front: Justin Trudeau

Trudeau, who is on a week-long visit to the country, will stay in India till Feb 23.

Wearing an off-white kurta-pyjama and head covered with a "kesari" (saffron) headscarf, Trudeau entered the Golden Temple complex with wife Sophie, who was wearing a turquoise kurta, and their children, who were also wearing traditional Indian outfits.

In his "Passage to India" style tour, Trudeau had landed in Amritsar after covering Agra, Ahmedabad, and Mumbai, savouring the best of desi culture.

Amritsar: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh met for a one-on-one meeting on Wednesday at the Taj hotel in Amritsar.

Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu before his meeting said that the meeting would transform the state.

Trudeau on Monday visited Sabarmati Ashmram in Ahmedabad and Akshardahm temple in Gandhinagar shortly after his arrival in Gujarat.

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"I took up the issue pertaining to Khalistan as it is a matter of primary concern to us".

After his half an hour meeting with Trudeau in Amritsar, Singh said he had raised the issue of Khalistanis, and the Canadian PM said he will look into it.

But Indian and Canadian media said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had sidestepped his Canadian counterpart over the Trudeau administration's perceived support for Sikh separatists and dealings with Sikh groups in Canada. It was in this background that Capt Amarinder Singh refused to meet Sajjan during his visit here. Moreover, the rich NRIs tend to influence polls. Trade between the two countries has doubled in the last 10 years, but India's Foreign Ministry says that figure still "does not reflect [their] true potential". It would help liberal party to strengthen its base among Punjabi community in Canada. Wide range of opinions and views are an important part of the success of Canada.

On Thursday, he will be speaker at a function in Delhi.

PM Modi will hold bilateral talks with Mr Trudeau on Friday following which a number of agreements are expected to be signed.

What everyone will be looking forward to is the hug between the PMs. The Indian government swiftly added a caveat that the protocol does not allow Modi to personally welcome visiting leaders at airports though it has been breached on more than one occasion in the past.

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