Canada’s PM Expects Blinken to Address Murder Case with India
OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed confidence on Thursday that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken would broach the subject of the murder of a Sikh separatist leader with his Indian counterpart during their scheduled meeting later in the day.
Trudeau conveyed his thoughts to reporters in Quebec, ten days after revealing Canada’s suspicions of potential involvement of Indian government agents in the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, which occurred in the province of British Columbia back in June.
Blinken’s meeting with Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is slated for Thursday. When directly asked whether Blinken would raise the case, Trudeau responded by saying, “The Americans will certainly discuss this matter with the Indian government.”
India has firmly rejected Canada’s allegations, deeming them as baseless. However, Jaishankar mentioned on Tuesday that New Delhi had communicated its willingness to examine any “specific” or “relevant” information provided by Canada regarding the incident.