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Farmers’ uproar also appears in Trudeau-Modi talks | India News


NEW DELHI: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussed with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi the “recent protests” by Indian farmers along with India and Canada’s commitment to democratic principles and the importance of solving problems through dialogue, according to Canadian authorities.
India’s statement on it had not mentioned any discussion of the protests. He said Trudeau had mentioned the need for Canada to procure vaccines from India, adding that if the world succeeded in conquering Covid, it would be significantly due to India’s tremendous pharmaceutical capacity and Modi’s leadership in sharing this capacity with the world. Although the Canadian authorities mentioned the commotion at the farm, it is unlikely that the problem was the cause of the call.
Ongoing protests by farmers have threatened to plummet ties with Canada, as Trudeau had publicly declared twice before his support for farmers’ rights to peacefully protest. The government had said last week in Parliament that Trudeau’s “unwarranted” comments on India’s internal affairs would damage relations between India and Canada. “The leaders discussed Canada and India’s commitment to democratic principles, recent protests, and the importance of solving problems through dialogue,” said the Canadian reading of the conversation between the leaders.
According to the reading, the leaders agreed to “work together” on access to vaccines. However, he also said that Trudeau and Modi spoke about India’s “significant efforts to promote the production and supply of vaccines,” which have provided vital support to countries around the world.

Times of India