Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised the efforts of the Government of India to hold multiple rounds of talks with agitating farmers on agrarian laws in a stunning change of position on farm laws.
Speaking of Trudeau’s praise for the Indian Government, Foreign Minister Anurag Srivastava, spokesperson for Foreign Affairs on Friday, said, “You would have seen the readouts from both sides on the farmers protest, PM Trudeau commended efforts of India to choose the path of dialogue as befitting in democracy. He also acknowledges the responsibility of his government in providing protection to Indian personnel and premises in Canada.”
The Canadian PM reported on the continuing farmers’ demonstrations in India in December, which angered New Delhi. The matter was discussed in both Ottawa and Delhi, with the Canadian Ambassador to India Nadir Patel summoned by MEA and a powerful demarche handed over. New Delhi told Canada that such remarks relating to India’s internal relations were “unwarranted and unacceptable” and may have an effect on links.
On the other side, after Trudeau had reflected on the farmers’ protests, the Canadian readout avoided noting that it was pressured to rely on India for vaccine distribution amid a slight chill in relations.
Ottawa added, “The two leaders had an exchange of views on their respective efforts to combat the pandemic, protect their people’s health and safety and provide their citizens with economic support.” PM Trudeau and PM Modi talked about the substantial efforts made by India to encourage the manufacture and delivery of vaccines, which have offered countries around the world crucial support. Both leaders promised to work closely on vaccination access. In order to respond to the pandemic and to encourage recovery, leaders have acknowledged the need for sustained global cooperation, he said.