Canada Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan to visit India


Canada’s Defence Minister S. Harjit Singh Sajjan, will visit India from April 19 to 22.

Sajjan is scheduled to arrive on April 17 for an interaction with Defence Minister Arun Jaitley as both countries look to increase engagement in the sector.

The minister will tour Amritsar, Jalandhar and Chandigarh in his four-day stay, stated the tentative programme of his visit from Ministry of External Affairs.

India and Canada at present have agreed to explore cooperation in cold climate warfare, peacekeeping, participation in Defence Staff College training, naval linkages and staff exchanges, as also in Defence Research and Development, specially security science and technology.

“This visit is about what can we do more… how can we expand… it is an exploratory visit to provide stimulus for defence sector cooperation,” Canadian High Commissioner Nadir Patel told the Indian Association of Foreign Affairs Correspondents here.

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Sajjan is expected to meet Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and also pay obeisance at Golden Temple during his visit to Amritsar. An advance team of Canadian High Commission and officials of Canadian government visited Amritsar on Thursday in order to confirm the security measures taken up by the police.

Sajjan, the first Sikh Amritdhari Defence minister of Canada and a Member of Parliament representing Vancouver South, is the fifth Canadian minister to visit India in 2017.