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Canada still committed to building closer ties with India, says Justin Trudeau amid standoff

Despite “credible allegations” that the Indian government was involved in the murder of Khalistan terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that Canada is still dedicated to forging greater connections with India given New Delhi’s rising stature on the international stage. According to the Canadian publication National Post, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that he believes it is “extremely important” for Canada and its allies to keep up a “constructive and serious” dialogue with India.

India is a significant geopolitical player and a rising economic power. We are quite serious about forging closer ties with India, as we recently stated in our Indo-Pacific policy, he told reporters. He remarked, in reference to the murder of Khalistani activist Nijjar, “At the same time, obviously, as a rule of law country, we need to emphasise that India needs to work with Canada to ensure that we get the full facts of this matter.” Earlier this month, Trudeau declared that Canada believed Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s murder in British Columbia in June was the result of involvement by Indian government officials.

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India Rejects Canada’s Accusations:

India has rejected Canada’s accusations as ridiculous. S Jaishankar, the minister of external affairs for India, however, stated on Tuesday that New Delhi had informed Ottawa that it was willing to investigate any “specific” or “relevant” evidence the latter provided regarding the slaying. When asked if Nijjar’s death will come up during their meeting, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken responded, “The Americans will certainly discuss this matter with the Indian government.”

However, neither the death of Nijjar nor Canada as a whole were mentioned in a statement from the US State Department that was released after Blinken met his Indian counterpart. “Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in Washington, D.C.,” stated a brief synopsis of the topics covered in the meeting between Blinken and Jaishankar from the State Department. The creation of the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor and its potential to produce transparent, sustainable, and high-standard infrastructure investments were two topics that Secretary Blinken and External Affairs Minister Jaishankar covered in-depth. They also touched on other topics.

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