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Counter-terrorism high on Trudeau’s February agenda

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit India from 17-23 February at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it was officially announced here on Monday.

The visit is aimed at further strengthening bilateral relations in key areas of mutual interest including trade and investment, energy, science and innovation, higher education, infrastructure development, skill development and space. Cooperation in security and counter-terrorism as well as exchange of views on global and regional issues will form important components of the visit, Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

The last visit of a Canadian Prime Minister to India was in November 2012.

India and Canada share a strategic partnership underpinned by the values of democracy, pluralism, equality for all and rule of law. Strong people-to-people contacts and the presence of a large Indian diaspora in Canada provide a strong foundation for the relationship, the MEA said.

Modi had visited Canada in April 2015.

Mr Trudeau’s visit ~ which includes stops in Agra, Amritsar, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, and New Delhi ~ will provide an opportunity for the Canadian Prime Minister to connect with Indian leaders in government and business, promote empowerment of women and strengthen Canada and India’s economic ties.

High commissioner for Canada to India Nadir Patel said: “Canada greatly values its strong relationship with India. This visit reflects the priority that Prime Minister Trudeau places on this strategic partnership.’’

Prime Minister Trudeau during his visit will engage with the youth and visit several landmarks, including the Taj Mahal, Sri Harmandir Sahib (also known as the Golden Temple), the Jama Masjid and Swaminarayan Akshardham.