During the 18th Group of 20 Summit (G20 Summit) convened in Delhi, India, a meeting transpired between the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. They engaged in discussions encompassing various facets of the India-Canada relationship.
Subsequent to the culmination of the G-20 Summit, Prime Minister Trudeau convened a press conference in Delhi during which he addressed inquiries pertaining to Khalistan extremism. He underscored Canada’s unwavering commitment to upholding freedom of expression, freedom of conscience, and the right to peaceful protest, deeming these principles of paramount importance. He further emphasized their resolute determination to prevent violence and combat hatred.
On the subject of Khalistan extremism and the matter of “foreign interference,” Prime Minister Trudeau remarked, “I believe it is crucial to acknowledge that the actions of a few individuals do not represent the entire community or Canada. Conversely, we also underscored the significance of adhering to the rule of law and engaged in discussions concerning concerns related to foreign interference.”
Trudeau also underscored the profound significance of India as a global economic powerhouse and a crucial partner for Canada.
The diplomatic ties between India and Canada have encountered recent challenges, largely attributable to the presence of pro-Khalistan separatist groups in Canada. In a noteworthy development just prior to the G20 Summit, Canada purportedly proposed a temporary suspension of the ongoing free trade negotiations with India.
As previously reported, tensions between India and Canada escalated following a series of attacks on India’s embassies and consulates worldwide perpetrated by pro-Khalistan groups. These incidents were prompted by a nationwide manhunt for the pro-Khalistan preacher Amritpal Singh. Demonstrations outside the High Commission of India in Ottawa were characterized as “threatening” by India’s ambassador to Canada. Furthermore, investigations were launched into the deployment of smoke grenades during these protests.