A telephonic conversation took place between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and His Excellency Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; on June 16, 2020. The leaders informed each other about the prevailing situation due to COVID-19 in their respective countries.
Additionally, they discussed the possibilities of international collaboration; to cater to the health and economic crisis caused by the pandemic. The leaders came to a consensus over the possibility of India-Canada partnership to be a force for good in the post-COVID world. They emphasized sharing humanitarian values in the global discourse.
The leaders expressed the need to strengthen multilateral institutions like the World Health Organisation. Notably, they agreed to work closely while dealing with health, social, economic, and political issues. Moreover, PM Modi expressed his gratitude to His Excellency; he appreciated the support extended by the Canadian authorities in recent days for the Indian citizens in Canada; also for facilitating their repatriation to India.
Likewise, His Excellency expressed his happiness over the facilitation offered by the Indian authorities; while sending back Canadian citizens from India. The large economies are stitched together by democratic values. In the same way, India and Canada have a natural convergence on many global issues. Furthermore, the leaders affirmed to looking forward to mutual consultations in upcoming days. The leaders agreed that “as large economies wedded to democratic values, India and Canada have a natural convergence on many global issues“.