Monday, October 18, 2021

Canadian High Commissioner summoned: ‘Damaging impact’ by Trudeau’s comments

The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday summoned Canadian High Commissioner and conveyed its displeasure over comments made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on issues relating to ongoing farmers’ protests.

“Canadian High Commissioner was summoned to Ministry of External Affairs today and informed that comments by Canadian Prime Minister, some Cabinet Ministers and Members of Parliament on issues relating to Indian farmers constitute unacceptable interference in our internal affairs,” the MEA said.

The ministry further said that such actions would have a “seriously damaging impact” on ties between India and Canada.

“These comments have encouraged gatherings of extremist activities in front of our High Commission and Consulates in Canada that raise issues of safety and security. We expect the Canadian government to ensure the fullest security of Indian diplomatic personnel and its political leaders to refrain from pronouncements that legitimize extremist activism,” the statement added.

This comes two days after External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said that Trudeau’s remarks on farmers’ protest in Delhi, are “unwarranted and ill-informed”.

“We’ve seen some ill-informed comments by Canadian leaders relating to farmers in India. These are unwarranted especially when pertaining to the internal affairs of a democratic country,” Srivastava said.

In a strong message, the ministry further said that “it is also best that diplomatic conversations are not misrepresented for political purposes.”

Trudeau posted a video on his Twitter handle, extending support to farmers protesting against farm laws in India. “The situation is concerning and we are all very worried about family and friends and I know that is a reality for many of you Let me remind you, Canada will always be there to defend the right of peaceful protest,” he had said in the video.

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