Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has commented on his government’s allegations against New Delhi as ties between the countries hit a new low
Canada Prime Minister Justin Pierre James Trudeau addressing the press conference at the international media center (IMC) during the G20 Summit, on September 10, 2023 in New Delhi, India. © Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images
Canada was not trying to provoke India when it accused it of being linked to the murder of a Sikh separatist leader, but wanted New Delhi to take the issue seriously, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday.
According to Reuters, Trudeau emphasized the gravity of the case, asserting that it carries profound implications for international law. He stated that “the government of India needs to take this matter with the utmost seriousness. We are doing that; we are not looking to provoke or escalate.«
His remarks came amid a rapidly unfolding diplomatic row over Canada’s accusations against India for allegedly being involved in the assassination of Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada in June of this year. India designated Nijjar a «terrorist» in 2020.
Earlier in the day, New Delhi strongly rejected Canada’s allegations, terming them “absurd and motivated.”
Trudeau on Monday sparked a diplomatic standoff when he layed out in a speech before the Canadian parliament what he called “credible allegations” that the Indian government had assassinated the Sikh independence activist in Ontario earlier this year, although he provided no evidence.