Canadian Commerce Minister Mary Ng is suspending a commerce mission to India deliberate for October, an official stated on Friday, reflecting more and more tense diplomatic relations simply days after India’s prime minister scolded his Canadian counterpart at a G20 summit in New Delhi.
“Right now, we’re suspending the upcoming commerce mission to India,” stated Shanti Cosentino, a spokesperson for the minister, with out giving a cause.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who held formal bilateral conferences with many world leaders throughout the G20 summit, snubbed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, permitting solely a brief, casual assembly on the sidelines 5 days in the past.
Canada has the best inhabitants of Sikhs outdoors their residence state of Punjab in India, and the nation has been the positioning of many protests which have irked India.
“They’re selling secessionism and inciting violence towards Indian diplomats, damaging diplomatic premises and threatening the Indian group in Canada and their locations of worship,” India’s authorities stated after the leaders met.
Earlier on Friday, India stated it had paused commerce talks with Canada. Canada made the same announcement earlier this month, saying such a pause was wanted to “take inventory”.
Solely about 4 months in the past the 2 nations stated they aimed to seal an preliminary commerce settlement this yr.
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