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What Canada PM Trudeau said at virtual G20 summit hosted by India

Trudeau’s participation in the summit comes amidst strains in ties between Canada and India following his allegations in September of the “potential” involvement of Indian agents in the killing of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau addresses a press conference at the G20 Leaders’ Summit, in New Delhi, India, on September 10, 2023. (ANI Photo)

By: Shubham Ghosh

CNADIAN prime minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday (22) highlighted the importance of coordinated G20 leadership and action to uphold the rule of law and international law and strengthen democratic systems, as he participated in a virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit hosted by India.

Trudeau’s participation in the summit comes amidst strains in ties between Canada and India following his allegations in September of the “potential” involvement of Indian agents in the killing of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on June 18 in Surrey, British Columbia.

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India had designated Nijjar as a terrorist in 2020. India has rejected Trudeau’s allegations as “absurd” and “motivated”.

Trudeau participated in the virtual G20 summit following the in-person G20 Leaders’ Summit in New Delhi in September where he was reportedly rebuked by his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi over the growing anti-India activities on Canadian soil. In June, pro-Khalistan activists were accused of celebrating the assassination of former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi by her own Sikh bodyguards in 1984.

The virtual summit was an opportunity for G20 leaders to further the goals agreed to in September, as outlined in the G20 New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration, Trudeau’s office said in a readout on Wednesday.

During the meeting, he “highlighted the importance of coordinated G20 leadership and action to uphold the rule of law and international law, strengthen democratic systems, and advance global priorities including financial institution reform, gender equality, and digital technology,” it said.

As part of building a strong, healthy future for people around the world, he further noted the importance of supporting and reforming multilateral development banks (MDBs) to improve the ability of low and low-middle-income countries to access the financing they need to confront overlapping crises, it said.

Trudeau condemned Russia’s “brutal and unjustifiable invasion” of Ukraine, called for Russia to be held to account, and stressed that the most vulnerable worldwide are affected most by the war’s global impacts. He re-emphasised the importance of abiding by the rule of law and encouraged the member states to denounce the irresponsible actions of Russia.

He reiterated his condemnation of the terrorist organisation Hamas and its brutal attacks against Israel. He recognised as progress the agreement on the release of hostages and the extended humanitarian pause in Gaza, noting it was what Canada and other nations had called for in recent weeks. He also reiterated his call for the immediate release of all hostages, the readout said.

(With PTI inputs)

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