G7 Summit: PM Modi and Justin Trudeau Meet Amid Tensions Over Hardeep Singh Nijjar's Killing
G7 Summit: PM Modi and Justin Trudeau Meet Amid Tensions Over Hardeep Singh Nijjar's Killing

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a brief conversation with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday during the G7 Summit in Italy's Apulia region, despite ongoing tensions between India and Canada over the killing of Khalistani extremist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. PM Modi also had a separate meeting with US President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the summit.

"It's always a pleasure to meet @POTUS @JoeBiden. India and USA will keep working together to further global good," Modi shared on X (formerly Twitter).

Regarding his interaction with Trudeau, Modi simply noted on X, "Met Canadian PM @JustinTrudeau at the G7 Summit." The two leaders were seen warmly greeting each other, but the details of their conversation remain undisclosed.

Relations between India and Canada have been tense since Trudeau alleged in September last year that there was "potential" involvement of Indian agents in Nijjar's murder in British Columbia. New Delhi dismissed these accusations as "absurd" and "motivated."

India has consistently emphasized that its primary concern is Canada's tolerance of pro-Khalistan elements operating freely within its borders. Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra reiterated on Wednesday that India's main issue with Canada is the political space Ottawa provides to anti-India elements advocating extremism and violence.

India has repeatedly communicated its "deep concerns" to Canada, expecting Ottawa to take strong actions against these elements. Nijjar, declared a terrorist by India, was shot dead outside a gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia, on June 18 last year. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are investigating the murder.

In response to Trudeau's allegations, India asked Canada to reduce its diplomatic presence in the country to ensure parity. Consequently, Canada withdrew 41 diplomats and their family members from India.

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