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Updated October 21st, 2023 at 09:28 IST

India’s actions contrary to international law: Trudeau cribs amid diplomatic crisis

Canada PM Justin Trudeau said that India’s decision to revoke the diplomatic immunity of 41 Canadian diplomats is a violation of the Vienna Convention.

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Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau | Image:AP
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday said that India’s decision to revoke the diplomatic immunity of 41 Canadian diplomats is a violation of the Vienna Convention. He further added that the Indian Government’s decision was making it ‘unbelievably difficult’ for life as usual to continue for millions of people in India and Canada following the decision.

Stating that India’s efforts are contrary to international law, Trudeau said, “They’re doing it by contravening a very basic principle of diplomacy.”

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“The Government of India decided to unilaterally revoke the diplomatic immunity of 41 Canadian diplomats in India. This is a violation of the Vienna Convention. This is the choosing to contravene a very fundamental principle of international law and diplomacy,” the Canadian PM said addressing a press conference in Brampton, Ontario. 

Further raising concerns, he called all the countries in the world and said, “It is something that everyone should be very worried about, and this is putting aside the allegations we made of a serious violation of international law with the alleged killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil.”

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Trudeau’s remarks came after foreign minister Melanie Joly on Thursday said that Canada had withdrawn 41 diplomats following an Indian threat to unilaterally revoke their status.

India rejects Canada’s claims 

Meanwhile, India rejected Canada’s attempt to ‘portray’ the withdrawal of 41 Canadian diplomats from the country as a violation of International norms and asserted that ensuring two-way diplomatic parity is fully consistent with the provisions of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations. 

“We reject any attempt to portray the implementation of parity as a violation of international norms,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

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(With inputs from PTI)

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Published October 21st, 2023 at 09:28 IST

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