Modi, Canadian PM discuss bilateral ties

Washington, April 1 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is here to attend the Fourth Nuclear Security Summit, on Friday held a meeting with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau during the course of which both the leaders discussed bilateral ties.

“Canadian connect… today’s meetings commence with an interaction with Canada’s PM @JustinTrudeau. Both PMs discuss India-Canada relations,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted.

During Modi’s visit to Canada in April last year, India clinched a multi-million dollar deal for uranium to power its civilian nuclear programme for five years and also inked 13 agreements on skill development.

After talks with then Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper, Modi sought Canada’s “cooperation and investment in every area of India’s national development priority”.

Modi arrived here on Wednesday night on the second leg of his three-nation tour from Brussels where he attended the 13th India-European Union (EU) Summit and also held a bilateral meeting with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel.

On Thursday, he held a bilateral meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key here.

He also attended a leaders-only thematic dinner on “Nuclear security threat perceptions” hosted by US President Barack Obama at the White House.

Later on Friday, Modi will attend the plenary sessions of the nuclear security summit.

This year’s summit is the last of the biennial affairs that started in 2010.

On his way back to India, Modi will pay a two-day bilateral visit to Saudi Arabia starting Saturday.

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