At a meeting with visiting Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird and International Trade Minister Ed Fast, Modi welcomed close cooperation between the two countries and expressed satisfaction at ties, including in areas of economic cooperation, agriculture, security, civil nuclear energy, education, and science and technology.

He called for strengthening bilateral engagement in the areas of trade and investment, energy, healthcare, infrastructure development and people-to-people contacts, an official release said.

Baird conveyed the commitment of the Canadian government to further strengthen the strategic partnership with India and extended an invitation to Modi to visit Canada.

Fast also sought earlier conclusion of Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement between the two countries.

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