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India, Canada agree to enhance security ties

STORY: India and Canada have agreed to enhance defence and security cooperation, said visiting defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan after extensive talks with his Indian counterpart Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on Tuesday (April 18).

Canada’s Indian-origin minister held delegation-level talks at Jaitley’s office.

Sajjan, on his first visit to India, also sought closer cooperation between defence industries of the two countries after India has allowed foreign capital in defence production.

He also rubbished allegations that he was sympathetic to erstwhile Khalistani (separate homeland for Sikh) movement in India.

The minister’s comments come after India’s northern Punjab state chief, Captain Amarinder Singh, describing Sajjan as a ‘Khalistani sympathiser’.

During his stay, Sajjan will also travel to northern Amritsar to pay his respects at golden temple (most venerated Sikh shrine). He will also visit his native village in Punjab and travel to western Mumbai city to meet several business and industry leaders.

Sajjan arrived here on Monday (April 17) on a seven-day India visit, his first after assuming charge as Canada’s minister of national defence

Canada has over 1.2 million Persons of Indian Origin (PIO), comprising more than 3 percent of Canada’s population, according to official data. Over the years, an array of institutional mechanisms has been put in place to promote bilateral cooperation.

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