The Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi said that he and Justin Trudeau have agreed upon fighting terrorism and those who use religion to divide people, when they met in New Delhi.
Upon his arrival at the presidential palace Trudeau was hugged by Modi, who rolled out reams of red carpet and a horse honour guard.
The two Prime Ministers meeting comes near the end of a trip to India by Trudeau and his family that has been followed by many voices of criticism.
Critics had the opinion that the trip was mostly a Trudeau family vacation in fancy Indian clothing. As well, a convicted attempted assassin was invited by an MP to a Trudeau reception, and then the invitation was rescinded.
Trudeau has also spent a lot of time in this trip, trying to dispel Indian concerns about his government being sympathetic to Sikh separatism, and the meeting that was held on Friday, included discussions on the issue and putting the finishing touches on a framework to counter terrorism that has followed the people through centuries and with violent extremism.
This was the sixth meeting between Modi and Trudeau, and there were clear signs of affection between the two, with Modi saying that Trudeau’s visit was long awaited and very pleasant.
Diplomacy on its best.
Trudeau’s wife and three children accompanied him for the welcome ceremony and once again, three-year-old Hadrien stole the show, putting his hat over his face during a family photo and shaking hands with everyone in the receiving line long after his family had moved forward. another PM in the making.