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Modi holds separate conversations with Biden, Trudeau

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Published: 13:44, 15 June 2024

Modi holds separate conversations with Biden, Trudeau

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (14 June) held a brief conversation with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau amid strain in bilateral ties over the case relating to the killing of Khalistani extremist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.  

Modi also held a separate conversation with US President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the summit of G7 advanced economies in Italy's Apulia region. "It's always a pleasure to meet JoeBiden. India and USA will keep working together to further global good," Modi posted on X.  

"Met Canadian PM Justin Trudeau at the G7 Summit," Modi said on 'X'. 

Both Modi and Trudeau were seen warmly greeting each other during the encounter. It is not immediately known what transpired between Modi and Trudeau. 

The ties between the two countries came under severe strain following Trudeau's allegations in September last year of the "potential" involvement of Indian agents in the killing of Najjar in British Columbia. New Delhi rejected Trudeau's charges as "absurd" and "motivated."

India has been maintaining that the main issue between the two countries is that of Canada giving space to pro-Khalistan elements operating from Canadian soil with impunity. 

Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra on Wednesday said India's main issue with Canada continues to be the political space that Ottawa provides to anti-India elements that advocate extremism and violence. India has repeatedly conveyed its "deep concerns" to Canada and New Delhi expects Ottawa to take strong action against those elements, he said.

Nijjar, who was declared a terrorist by India, was shot dead outside a gurdwara in British Columbia in Surrey on June 18 last year.  

The murder is being probed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Days after Trudeau's allegations last year, India asked Ottawa to downsize its diplomatic presence in the country to ensure parity.  Canada subsequently withdrew 41 diplomats and their family members from India.