India – Canada Relations: The Indian-Canadian diplomatic spat, as well as the significance of supporting and obeying the rule of law, were brought up in a new provocation by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday. A growing diplomatic crisis between India and Canada over the assassination of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on Canadian soil prompted Trudeau’s response. Trudeau brought up the continuing Israel-Hamas crisis in addition to the dispute between India and Canada.
Trudeau and UAE Leader Discuss Civilian Safety in Israel
“On the phone today, His Highness @MohamedBinZayed and I spoke about the current situation in Israel. We expressed our deep concern and discussed the need to protect civilian life. We also spoke about India and the importance of upholding — and respecting — the rule of law,” Trudeau wrote on X. According to a Downing Street statement, Trudeau brought up the India-Canada dispute with his British counterpart Rishi Sunak earlier on Friday. Sunak expressed his hope for a de-escalation of the situation. The situation with Canadian diplomats in India was updated for Sunak. The statement added Sunak reiterated the UK’s position of respect for the rule of law and the two leaders agreed to continue in touch.
The Spark That Ignited India-Canada Diplomatic Tensions
After Trudeau declared that his government was “actively pursuing credible allegations” linking Indian government officials to the murder of Nijjar, the leader of the outlawed Khalistan Tiger Force, diplomatic tensions between India and Canada grew on September 18. India denied the accusations, calling them “absurd” and “motivated”. Two unidentified perpetrators shot and killed Nijjar outside a gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. In retaliation for Ottawa’s expulsion of an Indian official, India blocked visa services for Canadian citizens and expelled a Canadian diplomat. According to a story from Canada’s CTV News, Ottawa was apparently urged by New Delhi to decrease its diplomatic staff, therefore Ottawa transferred the majority of its ambassadors in India to either Kuala Lumpur or Singapore.
Canada Urged to Cut 40 Diplomats Amid Tensions
India that Canada remove about 40 diplomats by October 10 in a request that was made last week, according to The Financial Times, a newspaper published in London. It said that if Canadian diplomats remained in India after the deadline, the Indian government would likewise threaten to revoke their diplomatic immunity. Arindam Bagchi, a spokesman for the Ministry of External Affairs, claimed that India had requested Canada “bring parity” by reducing diplomatic posts. On October 5, Bagchi stated at a weekly press briefing, “We sought parity in our respective diplomatic presence given the significantly higher diplomatic presence in India and their continuing interference in our internal affairs.”