In the latest provocation against India, Trudeau’s ‘importance of upholding the law’ post

New Delhi,Updated: 9 October 2023 07:20 IST

In a fresh provocation, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Sunday that he had discussed the India-Canada diplomatic dispute “and the importance of upholding and respecting the rule of law” with UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed. talked about

Trudeau’s response comes amid a snowballing diplomatic crisis between India and Canada over the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Najjar on Canadian soil. In addition to the India-Canada conflict, Trudeau also raised the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.

“On the phone today, His Excellency @MohamedBinZayed and I spoke about the current situation in Israel. We expressed our deep concern and discussed the need to protect civilian life. We discussed India and the importance of maintaining Also talked about — and respect for — the rule of law,” Trudeau wrote on X.

Earlier on Friday, Trudeau raised the India-Canada dispute with his UK counterpart Rishi Singh, who said he hoped the issue would be de-escalated, according to a Downing Street statement.

Sink was updated on the situation regarding Canadian diplomats in India. The two leaders agreed to stay in touch as Sink reaffirmed Britain’s position of respect for the rule of law, the statement said.

On September 18, diplomatic tensions between India and Canada escalated after Trudeau said his government was “actively pursuing credible allegations” that Indian government agents were involved in the killing of outlawed Khalistan Tiger Force chief Najjar. Connect to India dismissed the allegations as “ridiculous” and “outrageous”.

Najjar was shot dead by two unidentified assailants outside a gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.

India has suspended visa services for Canadian citizens and expelled a Canadian diplomat after Ottawa expelled an Indian official.

Canada has moved most of its diplomats in India to Kuala Lumpur or Singapore after New Delhi allegedly asked Ottawa to reduce its diplomatic staff, a report by Canada’s CTV News said. is given

Last week, India asked Canada to recall about 40 diplomats by October 10, reported the Financial Times, a London-based newspaper. It said the Indian government had also threatened to revoke diplomatic immunity of Canadian diplomats if they remained in the country after the deadline.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arndam Bagchi said India had asked Canada to reduce its diplomatic staff to “bring parity”.

“Given the huge diplomatic presence in India and their continued interference in our internal affairs, we sought parity in our respective diplomatic presence,” Bagchi said at a weekly media briefing on October 5.

Edited by:

Prateek Chakraborty.

Date of publication:

October 9, 2023

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