Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday stated Canada was going by means of an “extraordinarily difficult time” with India however asserted that Ottawa will proceed to have “constructive relations” with New Delhi, amid the diplomatic row between the 2 international locations over the killing of a Khalistani separatist.
Chatting with reporters in Ottawa, Mr Trudeau additionally stated that it is essential for Canada to have diplomats on the bottom in India, amid a report by London-based Monetary Occasions that New Delhi desires as many as 41 of 62 remaining Canadian diplomats in another country, the Toronto Solar newspaper reported.
“Clearly, we’re going by means of a particularly difficult time with India proper now,” Mr Trudeau was quoted as saying by the Canadian newspaper.
He, nonetheless, didn’t affirm the FT report that India has requested Canada to withdraw 41 of 62 diplomats from the nation.
Requested if his authorities would retaliate by asking India to take away diplomats primarily based in Canada, Mr Trudeau insisted his authorities would attempt to preserve working with New Delhi.
“We’re not trying to escalate, as I’ve stated, we’ll be doing the work that issues in persevering with to have constructive relations with India by means of this extraordinarily troublesome time,” Mr Trudeau was quoted as saying by the state-run CBC Information.
Tensions flared between India and Canada final month following Mr Trudeau’s allegations of “potential” involvement of Indian brokers within the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on June 18 in British Columbia. India angrily rejected the allegations as “absurd” and “motivated”.
Nijjar was shot lifeless by two masked gunmen. India had designated Nijjar as a terrorist in 2020.
Final month, India requested Canada to downsize its diplomatic workers within the nation, arguing that there ought to be parity in power and rank equivalence within the mutual diplomatic presence. The scale of Canadian diplomatic workers in India is bigger than what New Delhi has in Canada.
India additionally requested Canada to come back down onerous on terrorists and anti-India parts working from its soil and suspended visa companies for Canadians.
Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar informed journalists in Washington final week that the governments of India and Canada must discuss to one another and see how they resolve their variations over the difficulty and underlined that the bigger challenge of “permissiveness” have to be flagged and addressed.
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