Canadian Commerce Minister Mary Ng is suspending a commerce mission to India deliberate for October, an official stated on Friday, reflecting more and more tense diplomatic relations simply days after India’s prime minister scolded his Canadian counterpart at a G20 summit in New Delhi.
“At this time, we are postponing the upcoming trade mission to India,” stated Shanti Cosentino, a spokesperson for the minister, with out giving any motive.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who held formal bilateral conferences with many world leaders in the course of the G20 summit, snubbed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, permitting solely a brief, casual assembly on the sidelines 5 days in the past.
Canada has the best inhabitants of Sikhs outdoors their house state of Punjab in India, and the nation has been the location of many protests which have irked India.
“They are promoting secessionism and inciting violence against Indian diplomats, damaging diplomatic premises and threatening the Indian community in Canada and their places of worship,” India’s authorities stated after the leaders met.
Earlier on Friday, India stated it had paused commerce talks with Canada. Canada made the same announcement earlier this month, saying such a pause was wanted to “take stock”.
Solely about 4 months in the past the 2 nations stated they aimed to seal an preliminary commerce settlement this yr.