PM Modi and Minister Jaishankar Discuss India-Canada Relations Amid Diplomatic Row

PM Modi and Minister Jaishankar Discuss India-Canada Relations Amid Diplomatic Row
PM Modi and Minister Jaishankar Discuss India-Canada Relations Amid Diplomatic Row
PM Modi and Minister Jaishankar Discuss India-Canada Relations Amid Diplomatic Row
PM Modi and Minister Jaishankar Discuss India-Canada Relations Amid Diplomatic Row

PM Modi and Minister Jaishankar Discuss India-Canada Relations Amid Diplomatic Row

PM Modi and Minister Jaishankar Discuss India-Canada Relations Amid Diplomatic Row. Image/ANI

Amid the ongoing diplomatic dispute with Canada regarding the killing of a Khalistani terrorist on Canadian soil, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to deliberate on India-Canada relations. The meeting, held in the new Parliament House, comes in the wake of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement to the House of Commons, where he asserted that his government possessed “credible allegations” linking Indian government agents to the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada in June.

Escalating Tensions and Diplomatic Actions

The diplomatic tensions escalated following Mr. Trudeau’s remarks, resulting in both India and Canada expelling a senior diplomat from each other’s embassies. The Indian government promptly rejected these allegations as “absurd” and “motivated.” Hardeep Singh Nijjar, aged 45, was a notorious Indian terrorist and the leader of the banned Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF). He was assassinated outside a gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia, on June 18. Nijjar was among India’s most wanted terrorists and carried a significant cash reward of Rs 10 lakh.

Canada’s Assurance of Cooperation

In response to the escalating tensions, Prime Minister Trudeau assured on Tuesday that Canada was not seeking to “provoke” India but instead wanted the Indian government to treat Nijjar’s killing with “utmost seriousness.”

“We are not looking to provoke or escalate. We want to work with the government of India to clarify everything and ensure that proper processes are followed,” stated Mr. Trudeau.

Diplomatic Dialogue During G20 Summit

This diplomatic row comes shortly after the matter was discussed between Prime Minister Trudeau and PM Modi on the sidelines of the recently concluded G20 summit in New Delhi. The diplomatic channels remain open for dialogue, albeit against the backdrop of heightened tensions.

As India and Canada navigate this complex issue, maintaining open lines of communication and diplomacy becomes imperative to address the concerns and allegations from both sides and to seek a resolution that upholds the principles of justice and cooperation.

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