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Modi meets Canada PM Justin Trudeau in Washington; discuss bilateral ties

Washington:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau and discussed bilateral ties, their first meeting after the latter swept to power last year.

Modi and Trudeau met here on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit. “Engagements on Day 2 begin with a bilateral with PM Justin Trudeau,” External Affairs Minister Vikas Swarup tweeted. “Canadian connect…today’s meetings commence with an interaction with Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau. Both PMs discuss India-Canada relations,” a PMO tweet said.

Last year, Prime Minister Modi had visited Canada when he held extensive talks with the then Canadian Premier Stephen Harper. Canada had agreed to supply 3,000 metric tonnes of uranium to energy-hungry India under a USD 254 million five-year deal to power Indian reactors.

The agreement for uranium supply, which came two years after protracted negotiations following the 2013 civil nuclear deal between India and Canada, was signed after comprehensive talks Modi had with Harper in April last year.

44-year-old Trudeau carries one of the most famous names in Canadian political history. His late father was prime minister for the better part of 16 years, between 1968 and 1984. Trudeau assumed office in November last year and surprised one and all by including four Sikh-Canadians in his Cabinet.