In the midst of controversy surrounding allegations of Indian government involvement in the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has reiterated his commitment to building closer ties with India.
Despite the “credible allegations” brought forth, Trudeau recognizes the growing influence of India worldwide and emphasizes the importance of continued engagement with the country on both economic and geopolitical fronts.
Committed to “Closer Ties” with India
Trudeau, speaking at a press conference in Montreal, reaffirmed Canada’s commitment to strengthening relations with India.
Recognizing India as a growing economic power and significant geopolitical player, Trudeau expressed seriousness in building closer ties.
He emphasized the importance of constructive and serious engagement with India, given its increasing importance on the world stage.
Despite the controversy surrounding the allegations, Trudeau asserts the need for Canada and its allies to maintain a relationship with India.
Trudeau has received assurances from the United States that Secretary of State Antony Blinken would discuss the allegations during his meeting with India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.
Trudeau underscored the significance of democratic countries and those that respect the rule of law taking these allegations seriously.
He reiterated Canada’s commitment to a thoughtful and responsible approach, anchored in the rule of law, in its dealings with the Indian government.
Strained Ties and Rejected Allegations
Trudeau’s remarks about the allegations against India further strained already tense relations between Canada and India.
Following the Canadian Prime Minister’s accusations, India suspended its visa services in Canada. India vehemently rejected the allegations, terming them ‘absurd’ and ‘motivated’.
Trudeau, however, has not provided any public evidence to substantiate the claim regarding Nijjar’s murder.
Consequently, the controversy has created a challenging environment for bilateral relations.
Exercise of Caution: India’s Advisory
Amidst the strained ties, India issued an advisory for its citizens traveling to Canada, urging them to exercise utmost caution due to the growing anti-India activities and politically-condoned hate crimes and criminal violence in the country.
The advisory reflects the concerns India holds regarding the safety and well-being of its citizens in Canada.
It also highlights the potential ramifications of the controversy on the perceptions and experiences of Indians in Canada.
Trudeau’s commitment to building closer ties with India in the face of controversy surrounding allegations of Indian government involvement in Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s murder exemplifies his recognition of India’s increasing influence worldwide.
While the allegations have strained bilateral relations, Trudeau emphasizes the need for engagement based on the rule of law.
The impact of the controversy on Canada-India relations remains to be seen, but it underscores the challenges involved in building and maintaining international partnerships amidst conflicting narratives.
As both countries navigate this delicate situation, the importance of open dialogue and a commitment to resolving matters based on evidence and shared values becomes paramount.