Canada’s new envoy lauds strong ties with India

November 18th, 2008 - 9:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Pratibha PatilNew Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) Canada’s High Commissioner to India Joseph Caron Tuesday lauded the enduring strength of bilateral ties and people-to-people contacts between the two countries as he formally presented his credentials to President Pratibha Patil. “I am pleased to see the strength of the bilateral relationship and the people-to-people ties arising from our history of immigration, and welcome future cooperation between Canada and India,” Caron, a former envoy to China and Japan, said after presenting his credentials to the president.

“It is in this spirit that I officially undertake my role as Canada’s high commissioner to India,” he said.

Caron, a seasoned diplomat with extensive knowldge of Asia and India, is a Japan expert and has held key diplomatic positions in important world capitals and served as Canada’s senior official for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.

His appointment as envoy to New Delhi underlines the importance Canada is giving to expanding its relations with India, which is increasingly seen as a rising Asian power. Canada is home to a large and influntial Indian diaspora.

The Canadian High Commission in New Delhi is Canada’s largest mission abroad. Canada also has consulates and trade offices in Mumbai, Chandigarh, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata.

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