India – Canada: On Thursday, the United States announced that it has maintained continuous communication with India and Canada as diplomatic tensions escalate between New Delhi and Ottawa. These tensions have arisen due to Canada’s allegations regarding the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on Canadian territory.
What did the USA say?
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, responding to questions from reporters, addressed whether U.S. President Joe Biden plans to engage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the ongoing diplomatic dispute. He stated, “I am not going to get into the private diplomatic conversations that have either already happened or going to happen on this topic. We have been and will be in contact with Indians at high levels on this issue.”
Continuing further, he added, “It is a matter of concern for us. It is something we take seriously. It is something we will keep working on.” He emphasized that there is “no special exemption” granted to India in this matter.
USA on special exemption
Sullivan rejected the idea that the U.S.’s efforts to strengthen its relationship with India would limit its capacity to express concerns about the allegations. He emphasized that the Biden administration regards Canada’s allegations as significant and is in continuous communication with Ottawa.
He said, “There’s not some special exemption you get for actions like this. Regardless of the country, we will stand up and defend our basic principles. We will also consult closely with allies like Canada as they pursue their law enforcement and diplomatic process.”
Justin Trudeau’s allegations against India
Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau made allegations on Monday, implicating “agents of the Indian government” in the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the leader of the banned Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF). New Delhi promptly dismissed these claims as “absurd” and “motivated,” leading to the expulsion of a senior Canadian diplomat in response to Ottawa’s earlier expulsion of an Indian official over the same case.
Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a highly sought-after Indian terrorist with a bounty of Rs 10 lakh on his head, was fatally shot by two unidentified assailants outside a gurdwara in Surrey, located in the western Canadian province of British Columbia, on June 18.