G7 summit: Committed to work together, says Canada PM Trudeau after meeting Modi

Trudeau’s comment comes amid strained bilaterals between both nations

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Amid Canada-India diplomatic tensions, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the concluding day of the G7 summit said there was a commitment to work together to deal with the important issues. 

Trudeau had met PM Modi on the sidelines of the G7 summit held in Apulia, Italy. This is the first time both leaders are meeting after Trudeau alleged India's role behind the murder of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. 

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had strongly rejected the 'baseless' allegations by Canada. MEA had called its claims "absurd" and "motivated". 

"I'm not going to get into the details of this important, sensitive issue that we need to follow up, but this was a commitment to work together, in the coming times, to deal with some very important issues," Trudeau told reporters at a press conference in Savelletri Di Fasano in Italy on Saturday, the concluding day of the three-day G7 Summit.

Earlier, both the leaders had met on the sidelines of the G20 summit hosted by India last year. 

Soon after the meeting on Friday evening, the Canadian Prime Minister's Office said the leaders had a "brief discussion on the bilateral relationship". Trudeau had congratulated Modi for being re-elected as the PM. This was Modi’s first foreign trip after assuming the office as PM in a historic third term.

Nijjar's murder is being probed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Four Indian nationals have been arrested in this connection by the RCMP.

India on several occasions had raised the concerns of pro-Khalistani separatists gaining momentum in Canada. Nijjar was shot outside a Sikh temple in Surrey on June 18 last year. 

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