Canada downplays rift with India over Sikh issue

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is downplaying reports of a rift between him and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. Trudeau and his family are on an eight-day state visit to India, and Modi sent a junior minister to welcome them on Saturday.

Some Indian politicians have accused members of Trudeau’s cabinet of supporting Sikh separatists.

According to latest figures, Indians are the largest visible minority community in Canada. Sikhs account for roughly 1.4 percent of Canada’s population of 36 million, but 17 Sikhs are members of parliament and four are in the cabinet.

Al Jazeera’s Imtiaz Tyab reports.

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