Canadian PM calls on President Mukherjee

New Delhi, Nov 6 (ANI): Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper called on President Pranab Mukherjee here today and held wide ranging discussions on bilateral and multilateral issues.

During the meeting, Mukherjee said that India and Canada share fundamental values as two inclusive democracies wedded to federalism, pluralism, individual liberty and human rights.

Expressing happiness that Canada is home to 1.5 million people of Indian origin, Mukherjee t invited Canada to be partner in India's development, especially in the fields of energy, mineral resources, infrastructure and food security.

He said there is need to encourage more investment in both directions, from Canada in India's infrastructure and from India, in Canada's resources sector.

He also said cooperation with Canada in the field of agriculture is crucial to India's food security. India imports 40 percent of its pulses and 25 percent of its potash requirements from Canada. With India's large and growing population, food security in the coming years is a strategic imperative for India and Canada can be an important partner in this regard.

Meanwhile, Harper welcomed Mukherjee's views and said there is need to focus on few areas and deepen the engagement between the two countries.

He said India has needs which can be best served by Canada and for Canada, there is no emerging market more compatible than India to expand its engagement.

Lauding the cooperation between India and Canada within the G-20, Harper said many important achievements have been made by the G-20 due to the joint leadership of the two countries. (ANI)

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