India on Friday asked Canada to desist itself from making any comments that justifies “extremist activism”. Along with it commented on the unnecessary interventions in the country’s internal affairs by Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and other leaders on the ongoing farmers protest.
The Ministry of External Affairs in its statement said that if it would continue further then these unnecessary dialogues may lead to destroy or may have a damaging impact on the ties between India and Canada.
All these started after India summoned Canadian high commissioner Nadir Patel and handed over a solicitation to him for this apparent show of support to the farmers’ right to protest by Canadian leaders. In its earliest response, the ministry didn’t name PM Trudeau.
Asked if he was concerned damaging relations with India, Trudeau replied: "Canada will always stand up for the right for peaceful protests and for human rights around the world."@ANI pic.twitter.com/5zJEvDNZjg
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“We expect the Canadian government to ensure the fullest security of Indian diplomatic personnel and its political leaders to refrain from pronouncements that legitimise extremist activism,” it said. Apart from Trudeau, several Sikh leaders from Canada supported the farmers calling it their “fundamental rights” to protest.
While showing support to farmer’s protest, Trudeau addressed the Sikh Community and said that the situations are “concerning” and said Canada will always be there supporting for peaceful protest.
When MEA summoned Patel, a defiant Trudeau in his reaction in response to the case reiterated that Canada will always be there for the right to protest peacefully and human rights anywhere in the world and that Canada was pleased to see “moves towards de-escalation and dialogue”.