In the midst of escalating diplomatic tensions between Canada and India, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has reiterated his allegations that India violated the Vienna Convention following the departure of over 40 Canadian diplomats. The diplomatic row revolves around the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on Canadian soil, a matter Trudeau considers of utmost seriousness.
Addressing the media on Saturday, Trudeau expressed Canada’s desire to collaborate constructively with India on the Nijjar investigation. He stated, “We have been very, very clear that we want to work constructively with India on this very serious matter. From the very beginning, we shared the real allegations that we are deeply, deeply concerned about. But we have reached out to the Indian government and to partners around the world to get to the bottom of this, and to take it seriously.”
Trudeau, emphasizing Canada’s commitment to the rule of law, criticized India for what he described as a violation of the Vienna Convention. He remarked, “That’s why we were so disappointed when India violated the Vienna Convention and arbitrarily revoked the diplomatic immunity of over 40 Canadian diplomats in India.”
The prime minister’s statement comes as a continuation of the strained relations between the two countries, with the Nijjar case serving as a focal point. Trudeau’s insistence on addressing the alleged breach of diplomatic norms reflects the seriousness with which Canada views the situation. The dispute adds complexity to an already delicate diplomatic landscape, underscoring the challenges in resolving issues related to cross-border incidents. The international community will be closely watching for further developments in this evolving diplomatic dispute between Canada and India.