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Updated December 20th, 2023 at 21:48 IST

Trudeau observes change in India relations following US plot disclosure: Report

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had said he sensed a change in India's tone with Ottawa after the United States warned.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had said he sensed a change in India's tone with Ottawa after the United States warned. | Image:AP
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had said he sensed a change in India's tone with Ottawa after the United States warned New Delhi about its involvement in a thwarted plot to kill a Sikh separatist leader on U.S. soil, the CBC reported on Wednesday. "I think there was a beginning of an understanding that they couldn't bluster their way through this and there was an openness to collaborating in a way that perhaps they were less open before," Trudeau said in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. "There was an understanding that maybe, maybe just churning out attacks against Canada wasn't going to make this problem go away," he added.


Trudeau on India's tone after US warning

Trudeau had announced on September 18 that Canadian intelligence agencies were pursuing credible allegations linking Indian government agents to the murder of a Sikh separatist leader, 45-year-old Hardeep Singh Nijjar, in British Columbia in June, upending diplomatic ties between the two nations.

The U.S. Justice Department in November charged a man accused of orchestrating an unsuccessful plot to assassinate a Sikh separatist - a U.S. citizen of Indian origin living in New York City, alleging that an Indian government official directed the plan. U.S. officials did not name the targeted person.

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After the U.S. revelations, Canadian officials pressed India to cooperate in its investigation of the June murder, which drew renewed attention to the movement for a Sikh homeland in northern India. New Dehli had angrily rejected Canada’s claim, sparking a diplomatic row, with both sides expelling diplomats and trade talks potentially destabilized. By contrast, India said it was taking the U.S. indictment seriously and investigating.

Both the United States and Canada were seeking to build better ties with India to counter Chinese influence in the Indo-Pacific region. "We didn't want to be in a situation of fighting with India right then over this. We wanted to be working on that trade deal. We wanted to be advancing the Indo-Pacific strategy," Trudeau told the CBC. "But it was foundational for Canada to stand up for people's rights, for people's safety, and for the rule of law. And that's what we were going to do," Trudeau said.

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Published December 20th, 2023 at 21:48 IST

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