India-Canada standoff: US looks to ease tensions, Jaishankar hits out at Trudeau | India News


Back-channel communication between Delhi and Ottawa through Washington DC is being explored. Indian Express have learned.

It came even as External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who is in New York, said it was still a world of “double standards” and that countries in “positions of influence” were “resisting pressure to change”. are” and those with “institutional influence”. Historical influence has “actually weaponized many of these abilities”.

“A lot is done in the name of the market, just as in the name of freedom, a lot is done,” he said, referring to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statements defending pro-Khalistan activities in his country. He said. Referring to freedom of speech.

Since Delhi began the standoff by denying Trudeau’s allegations of “possible involvement” of Indian agents in Najjar’s killing, at least five senior US officials and diplomats – US Secretary of State Anthony Blanken, NSA’s Jack Sullivan , National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby, U.S. Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti and U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Cohen — all made public statements, all measured with an important message for both sides. In short, asked Delhi to cooperate, but asked Ottawa not to jump the gun.

Consider the following:

* On September 19, Kirby said in an interview with CBS News, “These allegations are serious and we know the Canadians are investigating this. We certainly don’t want to go any further than that investigation.

“We also urge India to cooperate with this investigation. This is the type of attack that obviously we all want to know is dealt with in a transparent and thorough manner. And that the Canadian public gets answers.” “It can. So we will be in touch with our partners, both countries, and again we want to see that the investigation proceeds unhindered and let the facts take them where they may,” he said. said

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The United States and Canada have close ties. They are part of the Five Eyes Network and the G7. But Washington also has deep ties with India. Both ties are important to the US, which does not want to choose sides at a time when Russia and China are looking at the deterioration in relations between India and the West.

* On September 20, Garcetti called Trudeau’s accusations “disturbing” and stressed the importance of upholding the principles of international law, sovereignty and non-interference.

“Obviously, any allegation like this should be troubling to anyone. But with an active criminal investigation, I hope we can ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice,” ‘ They said.

“And that we all make room for that information and before anyone jumps to judgment,” he said during an interactive session at the Ananta Aspen Center.

* On September 21, Sullivan said the United States supported Canada’s efforts to investigate allegations of Indian involvement in Najjar’s killing, observing that no country should have any “special immunity” for such activities. “Can’t get it. This is a statement from the highest level of the US administration, the White House, on this issue.

“We support the efforts they are making in this investigation and we are also in touch with the Indian government,” he said.

Declining to answer questions on the evidence for Canada’s allegations, Sullivan said, “I will let the process play out. We are, as I said before, in constant communication and consultation with the Canadian government and we Stay tuned as we move forward.”

* On September 22, Cohen said it was “shared intelligence among Five Eyes partners” that helped Canada “take the lead” in making the claim.

The Five Eyes refers to the intelligence sharing alliance of the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. It draws on both surveillance and signals intelligence.

In an interview with Canada’s CTV News, Cohen said: “There was shared intelligence between the Five Eyes partners that helped Canada deliver the Prime Minister’s statements.”

* On September 22, speaking at a press conference in New York, Blanken said, “We have been consulting very closely with our Canadian colleagues on this matter — and not only consulting, but coordinating with them. And from our perspective, it’s important that the Canadian investigation goes forward, and it’s going to be important that India works with the Canadians on that investigation. We want to see accountability, and it’s important that the investigation is on its way. Go ahead and come to that conclusion.

While intelligence gathering on friends and foes is equal, and no one in Delhi is surprised by reports of intelligence sharing between the US and Canada, the Indian establishment has taken a hard line on Trudeau’s support for pro-Khalistan groups. wants to do

But the Indian establishment understands the impact of public-to-people relations on the pillar (especially students, business) as well as some impact on trade, especially agriculture (potash and pulses).

While Trudeau said Canada shared “credible allegations” with India regarding Najjar’s killing and wanted it to “constructively commit” to establishing the facts on this serious matter, Delhi Waiting for it to complete.

India has rejected the allegations, calling them “ridiculous” and “incendiary”. He has accused Ottawa of not taking action against Khalistan separatists in Canada and not sharing specific information about Najjar’s killing.

At the same time, he has opened a window for cooperation, saying that if any specific information is provided, New Delhi is ready to consider it.

In New York, Jaishankar will meet officials and ministers of the US administration.

New Delhi and Washington are expected to hold some open talks in the next week or so. NSA Ajit Doval is also in touch with his US counterpart.

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New Delhi’s approach can be gauged from Jaishankar’s statement in New York.

Addressing a session titled ‘South Rising: Partnerships, Institutions and Ideas’ organized by the Observer Research Foundation in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, UN India and Reliance Foundation, Jaishankar said, “I think there’s more political pressure for change than political will. There’s a growing passion in the world and the Global South is kind of embodying that. But there’s also political resistance. People who are in positions of influence.” Occupants, we see this most in the UN Security Council, are resisting pressure to change. Those who are economically dominant today are taking advantage of their productivity and those who are institutionalized. influence or historical influence they have in fact weaponized these abilities as well.

“They will all say the right things, but the reality is, it’s a world of double standards,” he said.

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