New Delhi, India-Canada: Following allegations of Khalistani militants disrupting a consular camp organized by the Indian High Commission in Canada, India reaffirmed its plea for Canada to follow the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
However, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated that there have been some incorrect social media posts on the occurrences.
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Camp was organized near Vancouver
Addressing the briefing, Bagchi said, “Our High Commission and consulates in Canada regularly organize consular camps. One such camp was organized near Vancouver on November 12 to provide life certificates to pensioners. The event was held successfully despite attempts by a few radical elements to cause trouble. Our Consul General was not present at that site”.
“We reiterate the need for nations to respect the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations so that our diplomats can discharge their diplomatic obligations,” he added.
In response to reports of an alleged attack on the Indian community in Canada during Diwali festivities, a MEA official stated that the consulate had received no complaint about the incident.
“With relation to the Diwali events you mentioned near Brampton or Mississauga. That, I believe, was due to tensions between the two factions. To be honest, I don’t believe our consulate has had any complaints. I saw some reports on social media. We also hear that the authorities there are investigating that situation, so I don’t have anything further to add to that,” he added.
Agents of the Indian government
This comes amid a diplomatic crisis between New Delhi and Ottawa, which erupted after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused “agents of the Indian government” of participation in the death of the Khalistani terrorist.
India dismissed the claims as “absurd and motivated,” and expelled a Canadian diplomat in retaliation for Ottawa’s request that a senior Indian diplomat depart. According to the MEA, Canada has not been able to produce any proof to back up its assertions about the killing.
Canada pulled out 41 diplomats from India
Last month, Canada pulled out 41 diplomats from India and also halted its visa and consular services in Chandigarh, Mumbai, and Bengaluru consulates in the wake of the Union government’s decision to strip them of their immunity.
This came after New Delhi conveyed its concerns to Ottawa over the disproportionate number of diplomats in India and sought a ‘parity’ in diplomatic strength.
Earlier, in September this year, Trudeau alleged the involvement of “agents of the Indian government” in the killing of the Khalistani terrorist.
Additionally, New Delhi stopped issuing visas to Canada; but, after a “considerable review of the security situation,” it decided to start issuing visas again for four categories.