Friday 6 December 2019

Modi hugs Trudeau amid Canada embarrassment over convict party invitation

A man convicted of trying to kill an Indian politician in the 1980s had been invited to a party for the Canadian PM in New Delhi.

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By Associated Press Reporters

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted his Canadian counterpart, Justin Trudeau, with a hug, a day after embarrassed Canadian diplomats had to rescind an invitation to a man convicted of attempting to kill an Indian politician during a visit to Canada in the 1980s.

Jaspal Atwal, a former member of a banned Sikh separatist group, had been invited to a party for Mr Trudeau at Canada’s High Commission in New Delhi on Thursday evening.

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Canada quickly withdrew the invitation once it was discovered, with Mr Trudeau telling reporters: “The individual in question never should have received an invitation.”

Mr Trudeau, who is in India an eight-day visit, met Mr Modi on Friday.

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Canada’s Sikh population includes some who support a breakaway Sikh state inside India.

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