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PM Modi is welcome to visit Canada: Minister

Last Updated: Monday, July 7, 2014 - 23:11

New Delhi: Expressing keen interest to work with Narendra Modi government, Canada on Monday said the Prime Minister is welcome there and that they are looking forward to an early visit by him.

Underlining that the Western countries mean to take into full account India`s new place in the world, Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said Canada will continue to be in the forefront of those countries pursuing a "truly strategic breakthrough" with New Delhi.

"Prime Minister Modi is welcome in Canada and we are looking forward to seeing him soon if possible," he said.

"We have a very broad agenda to pursue which is forward- looking. Energy, education, food security and infrastructure are all strategic areas of partnership for Canada and India and there are exciting things happening every week between our two countries that we look forward to multiply under the leadership of this new government," he said.

Alexander said Canadian businessmen and officials have been frequent visitors to Gujarat and have been participants in vibrant Gujarat initiative.

"We have been following the success of Modi in his home state long before this election took place and he will be welcomed in Canada as Prime Minister," he said.

The Minister said he respected the mandate given by the people. "He has a very strong mandate and it is a clear one. It relates to governance and the economy as I understand".

Alexander announced CAN+ programme to facilitate trade and travel with India. The programme hopes to result in more efficient processing for Indian visitors to Canada.

The programme is open to Indian nationals who have travelled to Canada or the US within the last 10 years. They will benefit from expedited processing, which will free up visa officers to work on other cases, improving overall processing times for all Indian travellers, he said.

Alexander also announced "Express Entry" facility which will focus on faster immigration process for "talented newcomers" for the benefit of Canadian economy.

First Published: Monday, July 7, 2014 - 23:11

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