Look forward to meeting Trudeau and his three kids: PM Modi

by Leon Thompson February 23, 2018, 1:54
Look forward to meeting Trudeau and his three kids: PM Modi

Canada has withdrawn an invitation to an alleged Sikh extremist to attend an official dinner with its Prime Minister Justin Trudeau while he is in Delhi.

Swiftly moving to control damage, High Commissioner Nadir Patel cancelled the invite for the dinner, hosted tonight for Trudeau, while the external affairs ministry said it will "ascertain" how Atwal entered India. "We are in the process of looking into how this occurred".

He reportedly attended an event in Mumbai on Tuesday, where he was photographed alongside Trudeau's wife Sophie Gregoire, according to Canada's public broadcaster CBC.

In text messages, Atwal told the Sun that he travelled to Mumbai on business for Media Waves, a Surrey online radio station. "The member of Parliament who included this individual has, and will, assume full responsibility for his actions", Trudeau was quoted as saying by PTI.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has raised the issue with Trudeau several times and it likely will come up again when the two leaders meet Friday in Delhi.

Never mind the snubbing at the airport, where the prime minister was greeted by a lone junior minister. It hasn't helped matters that a couple of suspicious characters with Khalistani links have been spotted with the Trudeau entourage during the visit so far.

India had its own slice of embarrassment on the issue of giving a visa to the controversial Sikh leader, a resident of Canada.

Trudeau particularly riled New Delhi past year when he attended a parade in Canada at which Sikh militants were feted as heroes. All four ministers of Indian descent in Trudeau's cabinet are Sikh.

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Let's play smart and leverage India's huge market, growing worldwide status and people-to-people ties between India and Canada to get Ottawa to see things our way.

It seeks to create an independent homeland for the community in the Sikh-dominated northern state of Punjab. Before the British colonized India, Punjab was ruled by Sikhs.

The story made headlines across India before the official invitation was revoked.

He also posted a picture of him along with Trudeau and Ella-Grace during his visit to Canada in April 2015.

Canada's Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan also tried to make some chapatis, or rotis as they are sometimes called.

"I am very impressed with my meeting with the prime minister".

Trudeau is facing criticism for having a soft approach towards pro-Khalistani voices even though the Canadian PM has assured India that his country does not support separatism in India or elsewhere. For, given the rising tide of protectionism in the United States and Europe, Canada remains the one place that is still open to liberal trade and investment, and free movement of people.

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