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Canadian Prime Minister Mr. Stephen Harper visits IndiaFriday, November 20, 2009 > 10:39:02
The Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Stephen Harper, paid an official visit to India from November 15-18, 2009.
During his visit, Mr. Harper and the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, reviewed bilateral relations between India and Canada and discussed regional and global issues of shared interest.
The Prime Ministers agreed on the importance of working collaboratively towards global economic recovery, building international efforts in advance of the G-20 meeting that Canada will host in June 2010. They also discussed approaches to address climate change with attention to the upcoming negotiations in Copenhagen.
The two leaders agreed on the importance of moving forward constructively on the WTO Doha Round negotiations and welcomed ongoing efforts to strengthen the institutional framework for bilateral relations, including working towards concluding negotiations on the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement, the Social Security Agreement and the Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement.
During the visit, a Memorandum of Understanding concerning Cooperation in the field of Energy was signed.This MoU aims to strengthen a dialogue in energy with a view to promote energy security and stable energy markets.