Amid the ongoing diplomatic tensions between India and Canada regarding the Nijjar case, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stirred controversy with a social media post emphasizing the significance of respecting and upholding the rule of law.
Taking to the platform formerly known as Twitter, Trudeau shared that he had a telephone conversation with UAE President Mohamed Bin Zayed, during which they discussed the ongoing crisis involving India and underscored the crucial nature of adhering to the principles of the rule of law.
Additionally, the Canadian Prime Minister addressed the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict and highlighted the need to protect civilian lives.
This statement comes just days after Trudeau engaged in a similar conversation with his British counterpart, Rishi Sunak. During their discussion, Sunak expressed hope for a de-escalation of the diplomatic issue and received an update on the situation involving Canadian diplomats in India.
A statement from Downing Street indicated that the British Indian leader and Trudeau conferred on Friday evening, where they discussed the circumstances surrounding Canadian diplomats in India. Both leaders agreed to maintain ongoing communication, with Sunak reiterating the UK’s commitment to respecting the rule of law, particularly in light of Canada’s allegations of Indian involvement in the killing of a wanted pro-Khalistan terrorist.
Recent developments reveal that India is taking a resolute stance in response to Canada’s allegations concerning Nijjar’s killing. India has been closely coordinating with its mission in Ottawa and consulates in other Canadian cities to address safety concerns.
Arindam Bagchi, the spokesperson for India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), emphasized that India has been addressing security concerns related to its diplomats and premises, particularly concerning individuals wanted by Indian security and judicial systems. He assured that the issue primarily pertains to security, with the safety of Indian diplomats and the community remaining a top priority.
Furthermore, India has asserted that Canada should reduce its diplomatic presence in the country to establish parity in terms of diplomatic strength. India has also alleged that some Canadian diplomats are involved in interfering with internal matters in New Delhi.