PM Trudeau: Fighting with India is not something Canada wants

PM Trudeau Urges Constructive Engagement Amidst Allegations

PM Trudeau : In a diplomatic saga unfolding between Canada and India, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emphasized the undesirability of a conflict while reiterating serious allegations against India. The controversy stems from Trudeau’s September claims, suggesting potential involvement of Indian agents in the killing of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British Columbia.

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Trudeau, addressing the media on Friday, underscored Canada’s commitment to working constructively with India on this “very serious matter.” The tension escalated as Trudeau accused India of violating the Vienna Convention, citing the relocation of over 40 Canadian diplomats from India after New Delhi threatened to strip them of diplomatic immunity.

The strained ties prompted Trudeau to reach out to India, urging collaboration to unravel the truth. “From the very beginning, when we learned of credible allegations that agents of the Indian government were involved in the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil, we reached out to India to ask them to work with us in getting to the bottom of this matter,” Trudeau stated.

Highlighting the gravity of the situation, Justin informed that Canada sought support from its allies, including the United States, to address this “serious violation of international law and the sovereignty of a democracy.” He emphasized Canada’s commitment to upholding the rule of law globally, fearing a more dangerous world if larger countries violate international law without consequences.

Despite the seriousness of the allegations, Trudeau expressed disappointment over India’s response, accusing them of violating the Vienna Convention by revoking diplomatic immunity for Canadian diplomats. He reiterated Canada’s dedication to working positively with India, despite the undesired conflict.

The controversy gained international attention as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged India to cooperate with Canada’s investigation into Nijjar’s killing during his visit to New Delhi. In response, India’s Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra conveyed serious concerns about the increasing activities of pro-Khalistani elements in Canada.

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