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Governments must communicate with one another: Jaishankar on India-Canada conflict

<p>External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said that the governments of India and Canada would need to communicate with one another in order to overcome their disputes over the murder of a Khalistani rebel. He also stated that the bigger problem of “permissiveness” has to be brought up and dealt with.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-213036″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-governments-must-communicate-with-one-another-jaishankar-on-india-canada-conflict–750×422.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com governments must communicate with one another jaishankar on india canada conflict” width=”1392″ height=”783″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-governments-must-communicate-with-one-another-jaishankar-on-india-canada-conflict–750×422.jpg 750w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-governments-must-communicate-with-one-another-jaishankar-on-india-canada-conflict–1024×576.jpg 1024w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-governments-must-communicate-with-one-another-jaishankar-on-india-canada-conflict–768×432.jpg 768w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-governments-must-communicate-with-one-another-jaishankar-on-india-canada-conflict–390×220.jpg 390w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-governments-must-communicate-with-one-another-jaishankar-on-india-canada-conflict–150×84.jpg 150w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/theindiaprint.com-governments-must-communicate-with-one-another-jaishankar-on-india-canada-conflict-.jpg 1200w” sizes=”(max-width: 1392px) 100vw, 1392px” title=”Governments must communicate with one another: Jaishankar on India-Canada conflict 3″></p>
<p>He said that India was prepared to investigate the evidence on Canada’s claims of the “potential” involvement of Indian operatives in the death of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on June 18 in British Columbia during a meeting with Indian media here on Friday.</p>
<p>“The problem is that the Canadians have leveled certain accusations. We have made it clear to them that this is not Indian government policy, but if they are willing to provide details and other pertinent information, we would be willing to consider it. So that’s where the situation sits, in that sense,” Jaishankar added.</p>
<p>However, he said, “We do not want to see an incident treated in isolation because that does not paint the right picture there.”</p>
<p>According to Jaishankar, India has had a persistent issue with Canada’s administration for some time, and the root of the issue is Canada’s “permissiveness in regard to terrorism, extremism, and ballots,” he added.</p>
<p>“This permissiveness is also reflected in the fact that some significant extradition petitions have gone unanswered from their end and that there are people and organizations who have openly admitted to participating in violence and unlawful operations in India. That they continue to do their business in Canada is not a secret, he continued.</p>
<p>One of the issues, according to Jaishankar, is that nothing happens in a vacuum; everything has a context.</p>
<p>There are many issues in the world. Therefore, I suppose in the event of specific occurrences, the involved countries would need to communicate with one another and see how they can kind of go ahead,” he added.</p>
<p>“However, there is a bigger problem. And I believe it’s crucial to draw attention to the bigger problem. This permissiveness I’ve mentioned is the bigger problem, he remarked.</p>
<p>He claimed to have spoken with National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the current diplomatic dispute between India and Canada.</p>
<p>Most significant is the fact that our diplomatic missions and diplomatic staff have been repeatedly and continually threatened in Canada, to the degree that it is now unsafe for them to do their duties.</p>
<p>“Obviously, it’s not something we would have wished to do to temporarily cease our visa operations. Simply put, they made it exceedingly difficult for us to run such services, according to Jaishankar.</p>
<p>Blinken told reporters earlier in the day that he hoped Canada and India will work together to find a solution to this problem.</p>
<p>After Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made incendiary claims about the “potential” participation of Indian spies in the death of Nijjar on Canadian territory, tensions between India and Canada erupted. In 2020, India deemed Nijjar to be a terrorist.</p>
<p>In retaliation for Ottawa’s decision to dismiss an Indian official over the matter, India strongly rejected the accusations as “absurd” and “motivated” and expelled a senior Canadian ambassador.</p>
<p>“We are really worried about the claims made by Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada. Regarding that, we have been in constant touch with Canada. In addition, we have spoken with the Indian government and pushed them to collaborate with Canada on an inquiry; I had the chance to do so once again during my discussion with Foreign Minister Jaishankar yesterday, Blinken added.</p>
<p>He stated, “We hope that both of our allies in Canada and India will work together to fix this issue. Those culpable need to be held accountable.</p>
<p>When asked whether India and Canada are at a standstill in trying to resolve the problem, Jaishankar said, “I don’t know if I would use the term deadlock.”</p>
<p>He said that India was making the point that there is now a culture of intimidation and violence.</p>
<p>Just consider it. Smoke bombs have been hurled towards the mission. We’ve had conflict in front of our consulates. People have been intimidated and targeted. People are the subject of posters, he added.</p>
<p>So tell me, is this typical in your opinion? Would you perhaps consider for a second that this is about us? What would happen if this had occurred to any other nation and how would they respond? It seems acceptable to inquire, in my opinion. Let’s avoid making what is occurring in Canada normal. Do you believe that if what is occurring in Canada had occurred anywhere else, the world would have responded in the same way? He queried.</p>
<p>Jaishankar said that it is essential to draw attention to what is occurring in Canada.</p>
<p>Additionally, he argued that it was improper to threaten and intimidate ambassadors in the name of free expression.</p>
<p>“We don’t need to study what free speech entails from others. But we can let them know this. Incitement and violence are not considered to be protected expression, in our opinion. We see it as an abuse of freedom. It does not serve to defend freedom. I have a single question for everyone: How would you respond if you were in my position? What would you do if it were your diplomats, embassies, or citizens? He queried.</p>
<p>According to Jaishankar, India is willing to consider whatever that is requested of it.</p>
<p>He said that many Americans are shocked to learn that there are Canadians who support violence and separatist, contrary to what the majority of Indians believe.</p>
<p>“I imagine few Americans pay attention. As a result, I believe that a large portion of what I stated throughout the sessions was novel to Americans. Americans see something when they look at Canada. We in India perceive something different when we look at Canada.</p>
<p>And that’s a component of the issue. Therefore, it’s crucial that we discuss it with the Americans. They are, after all, rather near to Canada. They are trusted allies of ours, he said.</p>
<p>“As a result, it’s critical that they have a complete picture and understand our perspective on the situation. I don’t prejudge problems. I don’t have any firmly held opinions. We have adopted a very rational attitude, he continued.</p>
<p>According to Jaishankar, the conversation as a whole shouldn’t be limited to only discussing Issue One, nor should it ignore Issue Two or the larger, more pressing picture that has been developing for some time.</p>
<p>“After all, I was reflecting about when one of our missions was last frightened to the point that it was unable to carry out its regular duties. I’ll have to truly reflect. It also gives you a lot to think about if someone claims that this might occur in a G-7 or Commonwealth nation, Jaishankar added.</p>
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