Trudeau congratulates Modi re-election, raises rule of law in India relationship

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Following the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) win in the 2024 Lok Sabha election, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent a congratulatory message to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But as tensions remain high in the Canada-India relationship, he used the opportunity to reinforce the importance of the rule of law.

He said his government was ready to advance the relationship between the people of the two countries.

In the message, Trudeau underlined his government’s commitment to “peoples — anchored to human rights, diversity, and the rule of law”, in bilateral relations.

“Congratulations to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his electoral victory. Canada stands ready to work with his government to advance the relationship between our nations’ peoples — anchored to human rights, diversity, and the rule of law,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was quoted as saying by the Canadian PM’s office handle on X.

Also noteworthy was the fact that Trudeau’s congratulatory message came from his official, not personal, X account.

Modi said that he received a call from his friend US President Joe Biden, adding he genuinely valued his words and his appreciation for the Indian democracy. “Happy to receive a call from my friend President @JoeBiden. Deeply value his warm words of felicitations and his appreciation for the Indian democracy,” PM Modi replied on X. Meanwhile, leaders from US, France, Egypt, Israel, Ukraine, Russia, Argentina, and many more have congratulated PM Modi.