India Offered To Fly Back Justin Trudeau On IAF One After Jet Snag
New Delhi: India had offered services of aircraft IAF One to Canada’s Justin Trudeau after his special aircraft developed a technical glitch shortly before his departure from New Delhi after the G20 Summit. According to Canada’s National Defence, the snag involved a part that must be replaced.
The Canadian side, however, declined the offer and chose to wait for the backup aircraft, ANI reported quoting sources.
Canadian PM Trudeau and his delegation departed from the national capital on Tuesday afternoon after being stranded here for two days.
Trudeau, who arrived in India for the G20 Summit on Friday, had to extend his stay in the national capital after a technical snag on his Airbus plane on Sunday night, prompting the Canadian side to call for an alternate aircraft for the PM and his delegate. The alternate aircraft that was expected to arrive in Delhi on Monday night made an unscheduled diversion to London, further delaying Trudeau’s India departure.
Canada-based CBC News reported that Trudeau continued to work from his hotel in New Delhi.
Trudeau held a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Delhi. During the meeting, PM Modi raised “strong concerns” about the continuous “anti-India activities” by extremist elements in Canada, and stated that it is essential for the two countries to cooperate in dealing with such threats. Responding to the issue, Trudeau told the media that Canada will always defend “freedom of expression”, and at the same time will always be there to “prevent violence”.
Meanwhile, a militant group from Canada issued another threat call to India on Tuesday to ‘shut down’ the Indian Embassy in Ottawa and call back the High Commissioner Sanjay Kumar Verma. The militant group that issued the threat said PM Modi-led government is responsible for Trudeau’s “disrespect,” News 18 reported.