India has called on Canada to end foreign office consultations between top diplomats of the two countries, a move seen as a sign of the political turmoil between the two countries following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s comments on the agricultural protests in India. thing said.
Consultations on foreign offices between Riva Ganguly Das, the secretary of the foreign ministry (eastern) and her Canadian counterpart, expected to take place on Tuesday (December 15), have been postponed according to an Indian office. New Delhi told Ottawa that the date was inconvenient.
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Foreign Minister S Jaishankar last week omitted the Covid-19 Ministerial Coordination Group organized by Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne to formulate strategies on the coronavirus pandemic for the same reason.
India, which attended a previous meeting of the group, cited issues of “planning” to stay away from the December 7 meeting.
PM Trudeau waded into the farm protests in India during a video interaction to mark Guru Nanak’s 551st birthday, describing the protests as “concerned” and claiming that “Canada will always be there to defend the right to peaceful protest”.
Prime Minister Trudeau’s comment came despite New Delhi, which expected the matter to be raised in the House of Commons of Canada, informing Canada’s foreign ministry, Global Affairs Canada, of the need for farm laws.
Canada has about 1.6 million Native American citizens, many of them from Punjab. Just under half of them, about 7 lakhs, are Sikhs.
Prime Minister Trudeau’s remarks targeted this constituency, preparing for the possibility that he might face elections in spring 2021. The other two political parties – New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh and Conservative leader Erin O’Toole – have already expressed support. . But Prime Minister Trudeau did not stop letting his party court the Indian immigrants because of the property protests and took matters into his own hands.
Anxious New Delhi promptly appealed to the Canadian envoy over the “unjustifiable” comments and served to a management or formal diplomatic delegation that said the “comments of the Canadian prime minister, some cabinet ministers and parliamentarians on issues related to Indian peasants constitute unacceptable interference into our internal affairs ”.
India also complained to the Canadian envoy about other statements by the Canadian leadership that “prompted meetings of extremist activities before our high commission and consulates in Canada that raise security and safety issues”.
Indian officials, however, stressed that economic relations between the two countries will not be affected by the tension in political ties, often attributed to the Canadian leadership, leaving local political interests of his party to gain supremacy over diplomacy and economy.