Diplomatic Standoff: India’s EAM Jaishankar Urges Action Against Crime and Extremism in Canada Amid Rising Tensions
NEW YORK: Amid the ongoing diplomatic tensions between India and Canada, EAM Jaishankar raised concerns about organized crime, secessionist forces, violence, and extremism within Canada. Speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, Jaishankar emphasized that these issues were intertwined and had become prevalent in Canada in recent years. He noted that India had shared specific information with the Canadian government regarding organized crime, including extradition requests for individuals involved in terrorism.
Diplomatic Threats in Canada
EMA Jaishankar also expressed worries about threats to Indian diplomats and attacks on Indian consulates in Canada. He believed that these incidents were permitted to some extent due to political considerations. He acknowledged that such actions were often justified as part of democratic processes but suggested that the Indian government would take action if presented with specific information.
Regarding Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations of Indian involvement in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, Jaishankar stated that the Indian government had clarified its position to the Canadians. He emphasized that India was open to examining any specific and relevant information provided by Canada to substantiate their claims.
'Respect for territorial integrity cannot be exercised in cherry picking… when reality from rhetoric, we must have the courage to call it out': EAM S. Jaishankar slams #Canada@Rishabhmpratap & @kritsween further share details of a letter, written by Hindu Forum to Canadian… pic.twitter.com/nIUoJ9zxxr
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) September 27, 2023
India Reacts to Canada Claims
Canada had not presented any public evidence to support Trudeau’s accusations regarding Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s killing. In response to these allegations, India temporarily suspended visa services in Canada. As diplomatic relations remained strained, India issued an advisory to its citizens and travellers to Canada, urging them to exercise caution due to the rise of anti-India activities and politically condoned hate crimes and violence in the country.
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