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Amid confusion, Sajjan to be finally given guard of honour

There was confusion today over whether a guard of honour will be given to Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan tomorrow. As per official programme, he was to be accorded a tri- service guard of honour outside South Block lawns in Raisina Hills tomorrow morning. However, the defence ministry, in the evening, issued a revised media invite, saying the guard of honour to the Canadian Minister stands cancelled.

But later, it clarified that the guard of honour will take place as scheduled and there was miscommunication on the issue. When contacted, the Canadian High Commission refused to comment. Earlier in the day, official invitation was sent to visual media for coverage of the event.

Sajjan will have wide-ranging talks with Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on a range of bilateral issues, particularly on ramping up defence and security ties. Ahead of Sajjan’s visit, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said he would not meet him alleging that the Canadian Minister is a “Khalistani sympathiser”. Canada had termed the allegation as “disappointing and inaccurate”.

(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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