Justin Trudeau has said that he had a ‘good conversation’ over the phone with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and during this time the two leaders discussed the commitment of both countries to democratic principles, recent demonstrations and the importance of resolving issues through dialogue . Trudeau called Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday. Trudeau tweeted, ‘I had a good conversation with Prime Minister Narendra on many issues and we agreed to stay in touch even further.’
In a statement, the Canadian Prime Minister’s Office said in reference to farmers’ demonstrations in India, “The two leaders discussed Canada and India’s commitment to democratic principles, recent demonstrations and the importance of resolving issues through dialogue.”
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Trudeau said in December that Canada would always support peaceful demonstrations and also expressed concern about the situation. India then summoned Canadian High Commissioner Nadir Patel and told him that the remarks made by Prime Minister Trudeau and other members of his cabinet regarding the farmers’ performance are an ‘unacceptable interference’ in the country’s internal affairs and if it continues If left, it will have a ‘severely damaging’ effect on bilateral relations.
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In a statement last week, the Ministry of External Affairs also emphasized that these three new agricultural laws have been passed after full debate and discussion in the Parliament of India. Foreign personalities and countries were appealed to examine the facts before commenting on the performance of farmers. Thousands of farmers have gathered at different borders in Delhi over the repeal of agricultural laws, providing legal guarantee on the minimum support price for crops and two other issues. The Government of India has introduced the three laws which came into effect in September last year as a major reform in the agricultural sector. He says that with the introduction of these laws, the role of middleman will end and farmers will be able to sell their produce anywhere in the country.
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On the other hand, the protesting peasant organizations say that these laws will eliminate the protection of MSP and mandis will also be eliminated and farming will go into the hands of big corporate groups. During phone conversations, Trudeau and Modi underscored the need to work collectively to rebuild a more sustainable and resilient global economy. The Canadian Prime Minister’s Office said, “The two leaders spoke on their efforts to deal with Kovid-19, the steps taken for the health and safety of their people and to provide financial support to the citizens.”
According to the statement, “The two leaders talked about India’s significant efforts in promoting vaccine production and supply, which has helped countries around the world immensely.” The two leaders also agreed to work together to make the vaccine accessible to all. According to the statement, “The two leaders are also excited about working together for the G7, G20 and other international forums.” Meanwhile, India’s Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured Trudeau to cooperate fully in the vaccination efforts of India-Canada.