Joint Statement on the occasion of the State Visit of H.E Mr. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada to India
New Delhi, November 6, 2012
The Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, paid a State Visit to India from November 4-9, 2012, at the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh. Prime Minister Harper was accompanied by Mrs. Laureen Harper and a high-level delegation comprising three Ministers, five Members of Parliament, two Senators, senior officials and business persons, including four members of the India-Canada CEO Forum. In addition to New Delhi, Prime Minister Harper visited Agra, Chandigarh, and Bengaluru (Bangalore). During his official engagements in New Delhi, Prime Minister Harper held bilateral consultations with Prime Minister Singh. He also called on the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, and the Vice President of India, Shri Hamid Ansari. Prime Minister Harper met the Leader of the Opposition Smt. Sushma Swaraj and the UPA Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi.
The Prime Ministers held detailed discussions on bilateral issues and on regional and international issues of mutual interest. They noted the significance of the visit, marking the 65th Anniversary of the opening of the High Commission of Canada in India. The two Prime Ministers highlighted the strengthening of India-Canada relations, based on long-standing people-to-people ties and mutually-cherished values of democracy, tolerance, human rights, pluralism, freedom of religion and the rule of law.
The two leaders agreed on the imperative to forge a forward-looking relationship by deepening the bilateral engagement at a strategic level and better leveraging significant complementarities existing between the two countries in key areas of mutual interest such as: energy security; agriculture and food security; mineral resources; education; infrastructure development; and advanced civilian, defence and space technologies. Towards achieving this objective, they agreed to intensify their interaction through regular meetings, including dialogues on the margins of international meetings, and to institute an annual strategic dialogue between the two Foreign Ministers, supported by bilateral meetings among senior officials.