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America’s statement amid India-Canada dispute – “Both countries are our important partners”

America wants to maintain strong relations with both India and Canada. (file photo)

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Amid India-Canada tension, US State Department’s Indian spokesperson Margaret McLeod on Thursday emphasized that both India and Canada are important for America. McLeod further said, “The allegations made by Canadian PM Justin Trudeau are extremely worrying. We are in touch with our Canadian colleagues. We urge the Indian government to cooperate with this investigation.”

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Margaret MacLeod said, “The US and Canada have our relationship and the US and India have our relationship. Both are important partners for us, but the most important thing is that the culprits should be brought to justice.” Earlier today, White House National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson dismissed reports of the US reprimanding Canada after Canada accused the Indian government of being behind the killing of Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Adrienne Watson said they are “coordinating and consulting” with Canada and are also “talking” with the Indian government.

Adrienne Watson made the statement in response to reports in the US media that Washington has distanced itself from Canada’s allegations about New Delhi’s involvement in the killing of Khalistani leader Nijjar, who is wanted in India. The report highlighted the diplomatic challenges facing the Biden administration. It was told that America wants to maintain strong relations with both India and Canada.

Earlier, US National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made “serious allegations” against the Indian government in the case of Nijjar’s murder. America wants to resolve this matter in a “transparent” manner.

In an interview with American television news channel CBS News, Kirby urged India to cooperate in the investigation. “These allegations are serious and we know the Canadian government is investigating and we certainly don’t want to speak beyond that investigation. We also urge India to cooperate with that investigation,” Kirby said in an interview.

Additionally, on Thursday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said Canada’s allegations about India’s “possible links” behind the killing of Khalistani extremist Hardeep Singh Nijjar are “politically motivated”. Bagchi said, “Yes, I think there is some degree of bias here. They have made allegations and taken action. We feel that these allegations by the Canadian government are primarily politically motivated.” Bilateral relations between India and Canada have deteriorated sharply after Prime Minister Trudeau alleged on Monday that “Indian agents” were behind the shooting of Hardeep Nijjar.

Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) chief Nijjar was killed in a targeted firing in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada in June 2018. However, India rejected the Trudeau administration’s allegations as “absurd” and “motivated”. “We have noted the Canadian Prime Minister’s statement in his Parliament and also rejected the statement by his Foreign Minister,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.

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