India and Canada will discuss ways to further enhance bilateral defence and security ties during talks between Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and his Canadian counterpart Harjit Singh Sajjan on Tuesday. The visiting Minister arrived on Monday for a seven-day official tour.
Sajjan will have wide-ranging talks with Jaitley and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on a range of bilateral issues, particularly on scaling up defence and security ties. “I look forward to my first trip to India since becoming Canada’s Minister of National Defence. This visit will further strengthen Canada and India’s bilateral defence cooperation, and expand our partnership in the security and defence sectors,” he said, before leaving for India. He will lay a wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti before proceeding for talks with Jaitley at South Block housing the Defence Ministry on Tuesday, officials said.
Sajjan, a Sikh, will also travel to Amritsar, Chandigarh and Mumbai. In Punjab, Sajjan will visit the Golden Temple and civil society organisations, while in Chandigarh, he will inaugurate the new office. of the Consulate-General of Canada. Incidentally, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has refused to meet him alleging the Canadian Minister is a “Khalistani sympathizer.” Canada had termed the allegation as “disappointing and inaccurate.” In Mumbai, Minister Sajjan will visit the Mumbai Port, and meet several business and industry leaders.
Canadian High Commissioner Nadir Patel said there is untapped potential in further strengthen ties between India and Canada and Sajjan’s visit provide the opportunity to delve on them. “Minister Sajjan’s visit is an ideal opportunity to highlight strong links between Canada and India, and to boost our people-to-people ties. There continues to be enormous potential for more cooperation in all areas of the bilateral relationship,” Patel said.