India steel ministry keeps close watch on Canada ties: ‘It’s an evolving situation’
Indian steel secretary Nagendra Nath Sinha said exports to the North American nation were marginal and they have not been hit by the diplomatic tussle.
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THE steel ministry of India is keeping a close watch on the country’s trade situation with Canada in the wake of a diplomatic row between New Delhi and Ottawa over the murder of a Sikh separatist leader in Surrey in British Columbia in June.
India came up with an angry reaction after Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau alleged the former’s role in the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar outside a gurdwara.
Speaking to Reuters on Thursday (28), Indian steel secretary Nagendra Nath Sinha said they were closely watching “an evolving situation”.
Earlier in the day, he told the media that exports to the North American nation were marginal and they have not been hit by the diplomatic tussle.
Reuters reported last week that India’s JSW Steel Ltd slowed down the process of buying a stake in the steel-making unit of Vancouver-based Teck Resources, indicating that the row was affecting the two nations’ trade relations.
India called Trudeau’s allegations “absurd” and “motivated” and even suspended issuing visas to Canadian citizens.