Canada withdraws diplomats from India

Canada withdraws diplomats from India

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The Indian government ordered the evacuation of at least 40 Canadian diplomats from Delhi by October 10 due to the killing of Sikh leader Hardeep Singh. Canada moved most of its diplomats working in India outside of New Delhi to Kuala Lumpur or Singapore following the directive earlier this week. 

Canadian private media CTV reported this news on Friday. 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently said in a statement in Parliament that Indian agents may be involved in the murder of Sikh community leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a citizen of their country. After his speech, the diplomatic relations between the two countries became strained. 

India rejected the allegations as ‘unfounded’ and ‘motivated’. Delhi expelled a senior Canadian diplomat in protest against the expulsion of an Indian official from Ottawa.

Citing reliable sources, CTV News has given time till October 10 to bring the number of Canadian diplomats in India equal to the number of Indian diplomats in Canada. 

Most Canadian diplomats working in India outside of New Delhi have been moved to Kuala Lumpur or Singapore, CTV reported. 

On Thursday, India ordered Ottawa to reduce the Canadian diplomatic presence in Delhi. At the same time, Delhi alleged that some Canadian diplomats were involved in interfering in New Delhi’s internal affairs, which would lead to further deterioration of the relationship between the two countries. 

India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that the presence of diplomats from the two countries is being discussed in New Delhi. 

But the spokesperson did not respond to questions about Ottawa’s October 10 deadline. He said, I don’t want to go deep into diplomatic talks.

When asked whether Canada has shared any information or evidence related to Hardeep’s murder with India, Bagchi referred to Foreign Minister S Jaishankar’s recent comments and said, “If any specific or relevant information is shared with New Delhi, it is open.”

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