External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday conveyed India’s view on the strained ties with Canada to Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong, particularly addressing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations. This discussion took place during the Framework Dialogue of India-Australia Foreign Ministers. Jaishankar highlighted the key issue from India’s perspective by emphasizing concerns about extremism and the space given to extremism in Canada.
“From our perspective, the main issue is really the space being given to extremism and radicalization in Canada,” Jaishankar said in a joint press conference with Wong, as quoted by news agency PTI.
Jaishankar pointed out that Australia has good and strong relations with both India and Canada. According to PTI, Jaishankar commented, “Therefore, it was important that Australia knows our stand on this issue.”
Strained relations between India and Canada intensified following Trudeau’s allegations in September that suggested possible links between Indian agents and the June 18 killing of Sikh extremist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British Columbia. Nijjar was designated as a terrorist by India in 2020.
India rejected Trudeau’s claims as absurd and motivated. Trudeau’s comments resulted in the expulsion of a senior diplomat by each country, with India imposing parity in diplomatic presence at Canadian missions, resulting in the withdrawal of 41 diplomats. India has consistently asked Canada to provide evidence to support Trudeau’s allegations.
Jaishankar reiterated during a recent event, “If you have any reason to make such an allegation, please share the evidence with us. We are not refusing the investigation and whatever they have to present.” Are considering that. They haven’t done that.” UK trip.
Australia to host Indian Ocean Conference
Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong revealed that Australia will host the Indian Ocean Conference in Perth in February next year. He expressed excitement that the conference is an opportunity to discuss practical solutions to the major challenges facing the region.
“I am pleased to confirm today that Australia will host the Indian Ocean Conference in Perth in February next year. This is an opportunity to discuss practical solutions to the key challenges facing the region. And I look forward to Jaishankar’s Australia I also look forward to welcoming you.” According to news agency ANIIndia, Wong said this during a press conference with External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on the India-Australia Foreign Ministers’ Framework Dialogue.
The Indian Ocean Conference, which began in 2016 in Singapore, has evolved into a consultative forum for regional countries to deliberate on regional matters. Working towards promoting cooperation for security and development for all (SAGAR) in the region, the conference brings together key states and key maritime partners of the Indian Ocean region.
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