Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar said visa services..
Experts say India may have received security assurances for its diplomats from Canada. A day after the US and UK expressed displeasure over India forcing Canada to recall 41 diplomats, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said visa services, which were suspended a month ago, would soon be resumed.
- Speaking at an event here on Sunday, Jaishankar said India was reviewing the security situation faced by its diplomats in Canada and expressed hope that the country could resume the epidemic soon. visa issuance.
However, experts say this is not India’s decline following pressure from Canada’s Five Eyes allies.
“Jaishankar’s suggestion that there may be an improvement in security conditions, leading to the re-establishment of visa services, may mean that confidential discussions have taken place about credible assurances trust from Canada regarding the security of our diplomats in this country,” the former diplomat said. P S Raghavan told this newspaper.
- According to sources, the threat to the security of Indian diplomats in Canada is real. They pointed out that Indian diplomats stationed in Canada had also faced problems from Khalistan supporters in the past.
India suspended visa issuance to Canadians on September 21, citing increasing threats to the security of its diplomatic missions there and a lack of action by Canadian authorities to address them. address these threats.
Pro-Khalistan groups have called for the closure of Indian diplomatic missions in Canada after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alleged India’s role in the assassination of the Canada-based Khalistan activist was Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June. Subsequently, India raised the issue of diplomatic equality with Canada, forcing Ottawa to withdraw more than 40 diplomats from India. Trudeau claimed that India had violated the Vienna Convention, a claim which India rejected.
On Sunday, Jaishankar clarified that one of the reasons India sought to reduce the number of Canadian diplomats here was because they interfered in the country’s internal affairs. “We are not comfortable with many of them and people will soon understand why we are not comfortable with many of them,” he added.
Pro-Khalistan groups shut down India’s diplomatic missions in Canada after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alleged India’s involvement in the murder of Canada-based Khalidani militant Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June. was looking for. India subsequently raised the issue of diplomatic parity with Canada, and Ottawa withdrew more than 40 diplomats from India.
Prime Minister Trudeau claimed that India was in violation of the Vienna Convention, a claim that India denied. On Sunday, Jaishankar clarified that one of the reasons India wants to reduce the number of Canadian diplomats is because of their interference in internal affairs.
“We made a lot of them uncomfortable, and soon people will understand why we made a lot of them uncomfortable,” he added. After “surplus” Canadian diplomats were forced to leave India, both the United States and Britain were ready to support Ottawa and express their dissatisfaction with the diplomatic dispute. In this context, Jaishankar’s announcement on Sunday could ease tensions.
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