Canada and India are reportedly engaged in secret talks relating to the destiny of a number of Canadian diplomats in New Delhi, even because the Indian authorities’s deadline for Ottawa to scale back its diplomatic illustration lapsed on Tuesday.
Ottawa was attempting to resolve the state of affairs with India, which had warned that diplomats who stayed past the deadline would lose diplomatic immunity, FT has quoted a number of folks accustomed to the state of affairs as saying. One Canadian official advised the Monetary Instances that Ottawa had not withdrawn any diplomats forward of the deadline.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada’s International Minister, Mélanie Joly, introduced final week that Ottawa was making efforts to deal with the standoff by way of non-public channels. Joly emphasised that the tensions between the 2 nations underscored the importance of sustaining a strong diplomatic presence in India.
India had reportedly requested Canada to withdraw 41 of its diplomats from the nation by October 10 amid escalating tensions over the killing of Khalistani terrorist, Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
Joly reportedly performed a confidential assembly days in the past with India’s International Minister, S Jaishankar, in Washington, FT quoted people accustomed to the state of affairs as saying. Nonetheless, Canada’s overseas ministry declined to offer any feedback on this matter.
Diplomatic ties between New Delhi and Ottawa hit the bottom level after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alleged that New Delhi might be behind Nijjar’s killing. Nijjar, branded as a terrorist in India, was shot useless in a car parking zone outdoors a Gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, on June 18.
Throughout a debate within the Canadian Parliament, Trudeau mentioned Canadian safety businesses have been “actively pursuing credible allegations of a potential link between agents of the Government of India and the killing of a Canadian citizen, Hardeep Singh Nijjar”.
Nonetheless, India rejected Trudeau’s allegations as “absurd” and “motivated”.