Washington: Diplomatic relations between New Delhi and Ottawa have soured after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused India of being behind the killing of Khalistan terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on Canadian soil. Meanwhile, the US has said on Thursday that India and Canada are in constant contact between the two countries, and said that there is no special exception for India in this matter.
“I am not going to say anything about the private diplomatic talks that have already taken place or are going to take place on this issue. We have been and will continue to be in high-level contact with India on this issue,” US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said.
Sullivan responded to a reporter’s question whether US President Joe Biden wanted to talk to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the diplomatic dispute between India and Canada.
“This is something that concerns us. This is something that we take seriously. This is an issue that we have to work on continuously,” said Jake Sullivan, adding that there is no special exception for India in this case.
America wants to further strengthen its relations with India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was invited to the White House by President Joe Biden earlier this year. America’s concern over Canada, whether it could derail the process, suggests that the United States will always stand by its principles rather than the logic of which country will suffer.
“You don’t get special immunity for actions like this. Regardless of the country, we will stand up and defend our core principles. We will also consult closely with allies like Canada who follow their own law enforcement and diplomatic processes,” Sullivan said.
No grudges with Canada
Sullivan denied reports that Canada and the US were at loggerheads over the issue.
“I strongly reject reports that there is a rift between the US and Canada. We are deeply concerned about the allegations. We want to see this investigation continue and arrest the conspirators,” he said.