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‘We don’t want a fight with India over Nijjar killing’, says Canada’s Trudeau

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. File photo- Reuters

In a sudden shift in Ottawa’s tone with New Delhi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that he doesn’t need a struggle proper now over the difficulty of the Nijjar killing. As an alternative, he expressed his willingness to collaborate with India in advancing the Indo-Pacific technique.

Trudeau stated “We don’t want to be in a situation of fighting with India right now over this. We want to be working on that trade deal. We want to be advancing the Indo-Pacific strategy,” Trudeau instructed the CBC.

“But it is foundational for Canada to stand up for people’s rights, for people’s safety, and for the rule of law. And that’s what we’re going to do,” he stated.

Nonetheless, Trudeau additionally stated that he senses a change in India’s tone with Ottawa after the USA warned New Delhi about its involvement in a thwarted plot to kill a Sikh separatist chief on U.S. soil, the CBC reported on Wednesday.

“I think there is a beginning of an understanding that they can’t bluster their way through this and there is an openness to collaborating in a way that perhaps they were less open before,” Trudeau stated in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

“There’s an understanding that maybe, maybe just churning out attacks against Canada isn’t going to make this problem go away,” he added.

Trudeau introduced Sept. 18 that Canadian intelligence businesses had been pursuing credible allegations linking Indian authorities brokers to the homicide of a Sikh separatist chief, 45-year-old Hardeep Singh Nijjar, in British Columbia in June, upending diplomatic ties between the 2 nations.

The U.S. Justice Division in November charged a person accused of orchestrating an unsuccessful plot to assassinate a Sikh separatist – a U.S. citizen of Indian origin residing in New York Metropolis, alleging that an Indian authorities official directed the plan. U.S. officers didn’t title the focused particular person.

After the U.S. revelations, Canadian officers pressed India to cooperate in its investigation of the June homicide, which drew renewed consideration to the motion for a Sikh homeland in northern India.

New Delhi had angrily rejected Canada’s declare, sparking a diplomatic row, with either side expelling diplomats and commerce talks doubtlessly destabilized. In contrast, India stated it was taking the U.S. indictment severely and investigating.

Each the USA and Canada are searching for to construct higher ties with India to counter Chinese language affect within the Indo-Pacific area.

With inputs from businesses.

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