External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that India has been forced to stop visa services for Canadian citizens.
Amid India-Canada diplomatic standoff, New Delhi has suspended visa services for Canadian citizens. Speaking about it for the first time in Washington, Jaishankar said, “There was an obligation. Violence was being spread against our diplomats, embassies. How will they go to the office to issue visas? It is a question of law and order. The question of the Vienna Convention. According to the Vienna agreement, we have to provide security to our diplomats, embassies.”
Last July, Khalistan supporters tried to set fire to the Indian embassy in San Francisco. On September 18, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused India of involvement in the killing of pro-Khalistan militant Hardeep Singh Nijjar. India, however, dismissed the allegations. New Delhi has suspended visa services for Canadian citizens. India has questioned Canada’s support for Khalistani.
Jaishankar visited America and held meetings with foreign secretary, defense secretary and commerce secretary of that country. Jaishankar himself said that he had a discussion about Canada with the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. In a press conference in Washington, Jaishankar said, “There is a difference between India and America’s view of Canada. It needs to be talked about. America is close to Canada. friend of india The real situation is that there is a problem with Canada. Problems with Canada’s Attitudes to Terrorism, Extremism Canada has not considered the request to return the militants hiding in Canada to India. There is illegal activity going on in Canada.”
Trudeau said he spoke with Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the Khalistani issue, pro-Khalistani protests in Canada. Canada will work to prevent violence, but protect freedom of speech, freedom of protest. In response to that, Jaishankar said, he told America, he told Canada that freedom of speech does not mean incitement to terrorism. India is a democratic country. India does not need to learn from anyone else what freedom of speech is. If freedom of speech is used to incite terrorism, it is an abuse of freedom.