WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Thursday with India’s overseas minister amid a simmering row between New Delhi and Ottawa over allegations of Indian authorities involvement within the killing of a Sikh activist in Canada.
Blinken and Subrahmanyam Jaishankar met Thursday on the State Division because the U.S. tries to navigate the dispute between its northern neighbor and the South Asian nation essential to its Indo-Pacific technique to counter China’s rising affect within the area.
Neither man spoke to the controversy that has disrupted Canada-India relations in very temporary feedback to reporters. U.S. officers had mentioned they anticipated the subject to be raised. “We have now persistently engaged with the Indian authorities on this query and have urged them to cooperate,” State Division spokesman Matthew Miller mentioned.
Earlier Thursday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned he had been advised Blinken would tackle the matter and encourage the Indian authorities to cooperate with an investigation into the killing.
“The Individuals have been with us in talking to the Indian authorities about how vital it’s that they be concerned in following up on the credible allegations that brokers of the Indian authorities killed a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil,” Trudeau mentioned.
“That is one thing all democratic international locations, all international locations that respect the rule, must take significantly and we’re transferring ahead in a considerate, accountable method anchored within the rule of regulation with all companions, together with in our strategy with the federal government of India,” he advised reporters in Montreal.
U.S. officers have acknowledged that the fallout from the allegations, which they take significantly, may have a profound influence on relations with India however have been cautious to not forged blame within the June killing of Sikh activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who was slain in a Vancouver suburb.
Killed by masked gunmen, Nijjar was a pacesetter in what stays of a once-strong motion to create an impartial Sikh homeland, known as Khalistan, and India had designated him a terrorist.
India’s overseas ministry has dismissed the allegation as “absurd” and accused Canada of harboring “terrorists and extremists.” It additionally implied that Trudeau was attempting to drum up home assist among the many Sikh diaspora.
In his feedback, Trudeau mentioned Canada didn’t wish to rupture ties with India however takes the matter significantly.
“As we’ve introduced with our Indo-Pacific technique simply final yr, we’re very critical with about constructing nearer ties with India,” he mentioned. “On the similar time … we’d like emphasize that India must work with Canada to make sure that we get the total info on this matter.”
Related Press author Rob Gillies in Toronto contributed to this report.