Title: Canadian Diplomats Relocated Amid Escalating Tensions with India
Canada has made the decision to relocate the majority of its diplomats stationed outside of New Delhi to Malaysia or Singapore due to growing tensions with India. This move comes as a response to India’s indication of reducing the number of Canadian diplomats in the country, with the aim of achieving parity between the two nations.
According to recent developments, the Indian government has set a deadline of October 10 for Canada to reduce its diplomatic staff to match the number of Indian diplomats in Canada. Canada currently has consulates in Bengaluru, Chandigarh, and Mumbai, along with trade commissioner service offices in various Indian cities. However, India has not officially commented on the matter, and discussions are currently underway through back channel contacts.
The strained relations between the two countries can be attributed to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations of Indian government involvement in the assassination of Khalistani leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar. India has firmly dismissed these accusations as “absurd” and has expressed its willingness to consider any information provided by Canada regarding the incident.
In an effort to seek assistance in advancing the investigation into Nijjar’s killing, the US special envoy and coordinator of the Global Engagement Center, James P. Rubin, has called upon India to cooperate. Rubin has also highlighted the susceptibility of the current diplomatic dispute between India and Canada to information manipulation.
As the situation intensifies, Canada’s relocation of diplomats showcases its concerns regarding the ongoing tensions with India. The move to Malaysia or Singapore is seen as a strategic step to mitigate potential risks. Both nations will continue to address this issue through diplomatic channels, with hopes of finding a resolution that will stabilize bilateral relations.
Poh Diaries will closely follow developments in this ongoing diplomatic dispute and provide updates in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more information on this evolving relationship between Canada and India.
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