India Offered Canadian PM to Fly Back After Technical Snag But Trudeau Chose to Wait for Backup: Sources

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finally flew home around 1:00 pm on Tuesday. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was stuck in New Delhi since Sunday after his plane suffered a technical snag.

Trudeau, who stayed in his room in New Delhi’s Lalit Hotel after his Airbus plane developed the snag, was offered services of aircraft ‘Air India One’ to fly back, however, Canadian Prime Minister chose to wait for the backup aircraft, sources said.

An airport official on Monday said that the Canadian prime minister’s plane was scheduled to land in India on Tuesday. However, a report in CBC News stated that the PM’s replacement aircraft was diverted to London, further delaying his return home. No reason was given for the diversion.

His extended stay came at a time when New Delhi was not entirely warm towards the Canadian PM.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday conveyed to Trudeau New Delhi’s strong concerns about continuing anti-India activities of extremist elements in Canada.

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In his bilateral meeting with Trudeau on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, Modi also stated that a relationship based on “mutual respect and trust” is essential for the progress of the India-Canada relationship, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.