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My trip is about ties, not handshakes and photo-ops: Trudeau

By Vicky

This is not a trip for handshakes and photo opportunities, Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau said. He underlined that the ties between Canada and India will not move ahead only on the political front and there are so many different ways to engage.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

On a day-long visit to Mumbai, he said, "The close ties (between India and Canada) and the incredible opportunities is what this trip is about. It is not a trip for handshakes and photo-ops."

His comments came during an interaction with ICICI Bank managing director and chief executive Chanda Kochhar who mentioned about his last meeting with Modi where the two leaders had called their countries as "made for each other".

The Canadian prime minister is on a week-long visit to India. He has already visited Agra and Ahmedabad.

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Going beyond the government or political equations, it is the deep people-to-people contact involving cultural and economic ties on which the relationship will move ahead, Trudeau said.

"It is also people-to-people ties, it is also cultural, economic and business. There are so many different ways you can engage," he added.

While speaking about the potential of the economic ties, he said, "We are the two largest democracies in the world, one by population and the other by surface area, and we certainly feel we can do better."

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