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Won’t tolerate those who challenge our sovereignty, says PM Modi

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Won’t tolerate those who challenge our sovereignty, says PM Modi

New Delhi:  After holding extensive talks with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today made it clear that those challenging India’s sovereignty, unity and integrity cannot be tolerated, seen as a veiled reference to the Canadian government’s soft approach towards the Khalistan issue.

Modi also asserted that there cannot be any place for those who misuse religion for political motives and promote separatism.

Trudeau’s pro-Khalistan approach is being criticised by many including Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who raised the issue with the Canadian prime minister during a meeting. On his part, Trudeau had assured Singh that his country does not support separatism in India or elsewhere.

Modi made it clear that those who challenge India’s sovereignty, unity and integrity cannot be tolerated. Modi’s remarks come amidst criticism of the Trudeau government’s soft approach towards the Khalistan issue.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau today held extensive talks on key issues of counter-terrorism and extremism as well as ways to boost trade ties, after which the two sides inked six pacts, including on energy cooperation.

After their nearly two-hour long meeting, Modi, while addressing a joint media event with the Canadian prime minister, said they discussed the entire gamut of the bilateral partnership.

Observing that Trudeau has visited various parts of India in last few days, Modi said the Canadian leader must have experienced the diversity of the country.

On his part, Trudeau described India as a natural partner for commercial cooperation.

Modi said they have also asked the officials of their countries to re-double their efforts to finalise the bilateral free trade agreement.

Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on the Canadian prime minister and discussed various issues of mutual interest.

Swaraj had a warm meeting with Trudeau and discussed ways to strengthen and deepen the partnership between the two countries, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
PTI
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