Canadian PM gets bear hug from India's Modi
February 23 2018 10:22 AM
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embraces Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a ceremonial reception at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi on Friday.

DPA/New Delhi

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was welcomed with a bear hug from Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the presidential palace in New Delhi on Friday where he was given a formal ceremonial reception almost a week after he arrived in India on his first state visit.
Trudeau and Modi are scheduled to hold delegation-level talks later in the day during which they are expected to discuss trade and investment, defence ties, climate change and cooperation in civil nuclear energy, Indian diplomats said.
Some agreements are also expected to be signed after the talks that come at the end of a trip coloured by controversy over the Canadian government's so-called soft attitude to Sikh extremists and speculation that the Indian government was lukewarm to the visit.
Canada is home to a large population of Sikhs and some of them are members of Trudeau's cabinet. Indian authorities say some fringe groups in Canada support the revival of a movement for an independent Sikh state called Khalistan to be carved out of India's Punjab state.
Trudeau apologised on Thursday for a dinner invitation to a Khalistan supporter by the Canadian High Commission that was rescinded.
Trudeau began his trip in India with a visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra. He has also visited Ahmedabad in Gujarat and Mumbai.
Trudeau is accompanied by his wife Sophie Gregoire, three children and a large delegation.
Trudeau and his family paid homage at the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi at the Rajghat on Friday. The Canadian prime minister also met Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Last updated: February 23 2018 02:44 PM

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