Resolving Differences With Canada Requires Diplomats On Ground, US Tells India
WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) – Stating that resolving differences would require Canadian diplomats on the ground, the US has expressed concern and urged India not to insist upon their reduction.
Canada evacuated its 41 diplomats and 42 accompanying dependents from India after New Delhi “threatened” to strip them of their diplomatic immunity following a diplomatic row over the killing of pro-Khalistani hardliner Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
“We are concerned by the departure of Canadian diplomats from India, in response to the Indian government’s demand of Canada to significantly reduce its diplomatic presence in India,” State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said on October 20.
“Resolving differences requires diplomats on the ground. We have urged the Indian government not to insist upon a reduction in Canada’s diplomatic presence and to cooperate in the ongoing Canadian investigation,” Miller said.
Only 21 Canadian diplomats would be stationed in India from now onwards, Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly announced in a press briefing on October 19. “
Joly accused India of unilaterally revoking diplomatic privileges and immunities by going against international law and asserted that New Delhi’s “unreasonable” move was a clear violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
In response, India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on October 20 that it rejects any attempt to portray the implementation of diplomatic parity as a violation of international norms.