Canadian PM Justin Trudeau's new India strategy after Sikh leader's killing

2023-09-29 11:45:39 | Last Update : 2023-09-29 12:25:30

Canada committed to 'closer ties' with India, says Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, despite Nijjar allegations. PM Trudeau says it's 'extremely important' Canada and its allies continue to engage with India given its growing importance on the world stage.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that they want "closer ties" with India, where the murder of separatist Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar caused tension between them.

According to reports in the Canadian press, Trudeau said at a press conference in Montreal, Canada, that India is a growing economic power and an important geopolitical player. Emphasising that it is very important for Canada and its allies to continue to maintain "constructive and serious" relations with India, which has an important place on the world stage, 

"As we announced in our Indo-Pacific strategy last year, we are very serious about building closer relations with India," Trudeau said.

On the other hand, Trudeau underlined that India should work with Canada to reveal the truth as a requirement of the rule of law.

Reminding that United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken will convey to his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar the accusations about India's role in the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the leader of the Sikh organisation Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF), in Canada, Trudeau noted that this is an issue that all democratic countries should take seriously.


Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the director of the separatist Sikh organisation Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF), who was on the list of 40 terrorists published by India, was shot dead in Canada on June 18, 2023.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had claimed that the New Delhi government was behind Nijjar's killing.

Nijjar, who was wanted by India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) for the murder of a Hindu cleric in Jalandhar, Punjab in 2022, was also facing charges such as training KLF members against the Indian state, providing financial support, conspiracy, inciting public hatred and enmity.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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