India makes ‘concerns very clear’ to US over Canada row at 2+2 talks
India’s ties with Canada came under severe strain after Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s allegations in September over the killing of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey in British Columbia in June.
US secretary of state Antony Blinken (L) with Indian external affairs minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar ahead of the 5th India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue, in New Delhi, India, on Friday, November 10, 2023. (ANI Photo)
INDIA on Friday (10) conveyed to the US its serious concerns over increasing activities of pro-Khalistani elements in Canada. India flagged its concerns at the ‘2+2’ foreign and defence ministerial meeting in New Delhi.
“We have made our concerns very very clear,” Indian foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra said at a media briefing.
The American delegation at the ‘2+2’ ministerial dialogue talks was led by secretary of state Antony Blinken and defence secretary Lloyd Austin while external affairs minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and defence minister Rajnath Singh headed the Indian side.
“We have core security concerns and I am sure you are all aware of recent video that has surfaced from one such individual,” Kwatra said adding the US side understood New Delhi’s concerns.
The ties between India and Canada came under severe strain following Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations in September over the killing of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June in the Canadian town of Surrey.
Days after Trudeau’s allegations, India temporarily suspended issuance of visas to Canadian citizens and asked Ottawa to downsize its diplomatic presence in the country to ensure parity.
Canada has already withdrawn 41 diplomats and their family members from India.
India has resumed some of the visa services recently.