| Washington, U.S. | 11 March 2016 | Asia Samachar |
“A proud moment from today: meeting President Barack Obama in the Oval Office,” reads the the Facebook entry of Canadian defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan.
The photo shows Harjit, spotting a blue turban, talking to a smiling US President Barrack Obama, with Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau standing next to them.
Harjit was part of the Canadian team in the first official visit to the White House by a Canadian leader in nearly 20 years.
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“Harjit Sajjan Ji, I had given your example to President Obama when I met him at the White House in December and he very proudly said that he knew that a Sikh is a national defense minister and I told him that he has to allow Sikhs to serve in US army without restrictions,” said Rajwant Singh, chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education, in a comment on Harjit’s Facebook page.
In the December 2015 meeting with Obama, Rajwant was reported to have pressed Obama to allow Sikhs in US Armed Forces without any restrictions, with the US President promising to look into the matter and agreed to follow up.
In November 2015, Harjit was one of the four Sikhs appointed to the new Canadian cabinet. This was after the Liberal Party led by Trudeau winning 184 seats in the general elections held on 19 Oct 2015.
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