Canada is once again trying to convince India – WTO talks can start


Ottawa :  Canada is once again busy in convincing India. Now perhaps WTO talks can start. Let us tell you that after the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, relations between India and Canada have continued to sour. Due to this, some agreements between the two countries have also been put on hold. Talks on trade agreement between India and Canada have also been stalled for the last six months.

Now no time limit has been given for restarting it. Now it is being said that both the countries can re-establish high level contacts to restart the talks. Actually, a ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is to be held this week. During this time, leaders of both the countries can take initiative to start talks. In this regard, Canada’s Export International Trade and Economic Development Minister Mary Ng gave this information in an interview on Sunday. She said that in the next few days I will go to WTO. I will meet my counterpart there.

During this, he was pointing towards Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal. A four-day WTO ministerial meeting is being held in Abu Dhabi from Monday in which Piyush Goyal will go on behalf of India. Let us tell you that fresh discussions on Early Progress Trade Agreement (EPTA) are in limbo. Regarding this, the Canadian Minister said, we have not taken any decision on this issue. Talks regarding EPTA started in March 2022 during Mary Ng’s visit to India. But it was stopped at the end of August the same year. Shortly after this, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made serious allegations against India in the Canadian Parliament.

At that time, Trudeau had alleged the involvement of Indian agents in the murder of Khalistan supporter Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, British Columbia on June 18. Now Canada’s Trade Minister said that I am happy to see that activity continues between Canadian enterprises and India. Additionally, we are encouraged by the independent investigation being conducted. Before the minister’s statement, Scott Moe, premier of Canada’s Saskatchewan province, had visited India. This indicates that talks have started again to strengthen trade relations between the two countries.


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