An­drew Scheer meets with In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi

Asian Journal - - ASIA -

New Delhi: Leader of the Con­ser­va­tive Party of Canada An­drew Scheer, who was on a visit to In­dia, on Tues­day held talks with Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi. The two lead­ers stressed on fur­ther de­vel­op­ing bi­lat­eral ties.

An­drew Scheer said in a state­ment: “On Tues­day, I met with In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi. We dis­cussed a range of se­ri­ous is­sues in­clud­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for greater eco­nomic part­ner­ships, im­prov­ing trade be­tween our two coun­tries, and re­gional se­cu­rity is­sues. I ex­pressed to him how im­por­tant a pro­duc­tive and pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ship with In­dia would be to me should I be elected Prime Min­is­ter in 2019.

“In re­cent years, In­dia has seen un­prece­dented growth and has es­tab­lished it­self as a ris­ing power in the Indo-pa­cific re­gion. I be­lieve there is tremen­dous po­ten­tial for sig­nif­i­cantly ex­panded trade be­tween Canada and In­dia that would bring ben­e­fits for peo­ple in both coun­tries. “I also ex­pressed my de­sire to have Canada be­come a sup­plier of safe and se­cure en­ergy for In­dia. I told Prime Min­is­ter Modi that a Con­ser­va­tive govern­ment would re­move the road­blocks that cur­rently pre­vent pipe­line ex­pan­sion that would al­low Cana­dian oil and gas to reach new mar­kets in the Indo-pa­cific re­gion. This would al­low In­dia to meet its grow­ing de­mands with re­spon­si­ble and re­li­able en­ergy.

“I’m here to con­nect with In­dian lead­ers and to deepen the bonds through which our united coun­tries can work to­gether. Yes­ter­day, I met with For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj, and the Min­is­ter of State for Hous­ing and Ur­ban Af­fairs Hardeep Singh Puri. I made clear to them that as Prime Min­is­ter I would en­sure that In­dia will be an in­dis­pens­able pri­or­ity in all as­pects of Cana­dian for­eign pol­icy. “I look for­ward to the re­main­der of my mis­sion in In­dia and lay­ing the foun­da­tion for a strong and mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial re­la­tion­ship in the fu­ture.”

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