Trudeau aims to enhance business ties with India on weeklong visit


Sources also termed Trudeau's itinerary unusual as the Canadian PM had been advised to first complete meetings in New Delhi before touring the country, but he chose to go to Ahmedabad along with his family soon after arriving in India.

"A scant month ago, when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Taj, the UP CM personally showed him around".

After paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, the Canadian Prime Minister and his family tried a hand at the spinning wheel.

The snub is being seen as an attempt by the Indian government to show their dissent towards Trudeau and his support to Sikh separatists in his country.

Amarinder Singh in April past year during Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan's visit to India called the Canadian MP a "Khalistani sympathiser".

In the video released by news agency "The Canadian Press", Trudeau further says that "we will continue to advocate for one united India and that is something core to what Canada is".

Trudeau and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are also expected to focus on areas including civil nuclear co-operation, space, defence, energy and education.

Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, and their 3 children visited the Taj Mahal on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, Trudeau family visited the Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati where he inked in the visitors' book that it was "a attractive place of peace, humility and truth that is as needed today as it ever was".

Trudeau had arrived in India on Saturday evening on a week-long visit.

About denial of Canadian visa to Amarinder Singh in 2016, he said, "It was the result of some misunderstanding at the bureaucratic or some other level".

The Times of India was equally perplexed with Trudeau's visit.

The government has clarified that PM Modi not meeting PM Trudeau at the airport on his arrival was not a snub, and that it was the insistence of Canada that Trudeau's official engagements begin at the end of the week-long trip to India.

Justin Trudeau will also travel to the Golden Temple in Amritsar amid India's concerns over Sikh radicalism in Canada.

Amrik Singh, who heads the UK-based Sikh Federation, a political group, accused India of giving Trudeau a cold reception because he was a close ally of Sikhs.

In a change of tone now, Amarinder Singh expressed the hope that his meeting with Trudeau would help strengthen the bilateral relations in context of the diaspora.