India’s External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, addressed the ongoing India-Canada row during a press conference held in Washington DC. Jaishankar acknowledged the reaction from the United States to the matter and stated that both sides have articulated their views.
The main concern highlighted by Jaishankar was the “permissiveness” in Canada regarding incidents of violence and extremism. He emphasized that no incident should be viewed in isolation and stressed the need to address the broader issue at hand.
Jaishankar acknowledged that many Indians are aware of individuals in Canada advocating violence and separatism. However, he believes that few Americans are familiar with this information. He also emphasized the importance of the United States having India’s perspective on the matter, as the US has good relations with both Canada and India.
Furthermore, Jaishankar noted that India has taken a reasonable stance throughout this dispute. He raised concerns about the safety of Indian missions abroad and highlighted the need for Canada to provide public evidence to support the allegations made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Trudeau accused the Indian government of involvement in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a claim that India has categorically denied. India has responded by suspending its visa services in Canada.
Due to growing anti-India activities, politically-condoned hate crimes, and criminal violence in Canada, India has issued an advisory for its citizens and those traveling to Canada. The advisory urges individuals to exercise caution while in the country.
This ongoing row between India and Canada has sparked concerns and discussions globally. It remains to be seen how the situation will unfold and whether both countries can find a resolution to their differences.
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