India’s External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, is set to meet with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday to discuss the ongoing diplomatic crisis between India and Canada. This meeting comes after the two officials previously met during the Quad ministerial meeting, which also included foreign ministers from Japan and Australia. However, the Canada issue was not addressed during that meeting as it was not a bilateral one.
State Department spokesperson Mathew Miller stated that the Canada issue could potentially be discussed during the upcoming meeting, but no confirmation was provided. Miller emphasized that the US has already raised the issue with Indian counterparts and encouraged them to cooperate with the Canadian investigation.
In response to the India-Canada diplomatic crisis, Jaishankar made his first official comment in New York, stating that India has clearly informed the Canadian government that the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada is not the government’s policy. He further mentioned that India has asked Canada to share any specific information they may have regarding the incident, but none has been provided thus far.
Jaishankar also highlighted the prevalence of crime related to secessionist forces, organized crime, violence, and extremism in Canada. During his address to the UN General Assembly, he urged member states not to allow political convenience to determine responses to terrorism and violence, which was seen as a veiled attack on Canada.
Canada’s ambassador to the UN, Bob Rae, revealed that he was approached by his Indian counterpart, Ruchira Kamoj, at the UN. Rae stated that Kamoj emphasized the importance of continued collaboration between the two governments to resolve the ongoing situation.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claimed that Canada had shared evidence of Nijjar’s killing with India several weeks ago. This assertion has led to calls for a full and fair investigation by the United States, with a request for India’s cooperation in the process.
Jagmeet Singh, leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party, stated that there is clear indication of a foreign government’s involvement in Nijjar Singh’s killing. Singh called for a thorough investigation and for those responsible to be brought to justice.
Amidst the diplomatic tensions, both India and Canada have issued advisories to their citizens living in the respective countries, urging them to remain vigilant and exercise caution.
In another development, Gurmeet Singh Toor, a separatist leader, was warned by Canadian law enforcement about threats to his life following Nijjar Singh’s killing.
★S Jaishankar is scheduled to meet with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to discuss the India-Canada diplomatic crisis.
★The Canada issue was not addressed during their previous meeting at the Quad ministerial meeting.
★India has informed Canada that Nijjar’s killing is not the government’s policy and has asked for any specific information.
★Canada’s ambassador to the UN emphasized the importance of continued collaboration between the two governments.
★The United States has called for a full and fair investigation and India’s cooperation.
★Jagmeet Singh has claimed there is evidence of a foreign government’s involvement in the killing.
★Both India and Canada have issued advisories to their citizens.
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