Trudeau Begins Weeklong India Visit 02/17 09:36
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in India on
Saturday for a weeklong visit aimed at enhancing business ties between the two
Trudeau and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are also expected to focus
on areas including civil nuclear cooperation, space, defense, energy and
Trudeau was received at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport by
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, a junior agriculture minister. A formal ceremony will
be held on Feb. 23 before his talks with Modi, who visited Canada in April 2015.
"Wheels up for India and a busy visit, focused on creating good jobs and
strengthening the deep connection between the people of our two countries,"
Trudeau tweeted on Friday before leaving for New Delhi with his family.
Canada has an estimated 1.4 million people of Indian origin.
During his visit, Trudeau will meet with top business leaders in Mumbai and
visit key Indian monuments, including the Taj Mahal in Agra, the Golden Temple
in Amritsar and the Jama Masjid in New Delhi.
At Davos last month, while President Donald Trump supported new tariffs on
imports, Trudeau and Modi came out forcefully against a drift toward
protectionism in the global economy.
In 2017, two-way merchandise trade between Canada and India amounted to $8.4
billion, split equally between exports to and imports from India, according to
Canada mainly imports pearls, organic chemicals, pharmaceutical products,
textiles, bicycles and motorcycles from India. It exports vegetables, paper,
fertilizers, wood pulp, iron and steel and precious stones to India.