Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau once again accused India of violating the Vienna Convention over revoking the diplomatic immunity of more than 40 Canadians. Amid the ongoing diplomatic crisis between the two countries, Trudeau recently spoke about how the whole world gets more dangerous for everyone “if bigger countries violate international law without any consequences”.
On Canada-based Khalistani extremist Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s killing, which triggered the crisis, Trudeau said: “We have been very clear that we want to work constructively with India on this very serious matter. From the very beginning, we shared the real allegations that we are deeply concerned about but we have reached out to the Indian government and to partners around the world to get to the bottom of this, to take it seriously. That’s why we were so disappointed when India violated the Vienna Convention and arbitrarily revoked the diplomatic immunity of over 40 Canadian diplomats in India…” he said.
Trudeau said there were serious reasons to believe that agents of the Indian government could have been involved in killing Nijjar, who was a Canadian citizen, on Canadian soil. “…And India’s response is to kick out a whole bunch of Canadian diplomats by violating their rights under the Vienna Convention,” Trudeau said.
Trudeau said New Delhi’s actions were a matter of serious concern because if a country simply decides that diplomats of another country are no longer under protection, it could set a dangerous precedent and puts international relations at peril.
“That is of concern to countries around the world because if a given country can just decide that diplomats of another country are no longer protected, it makes international relations more dangerous and more serious,” Trudeau said.
The prime minister further said Canada has tried to “constructively” work with India every step of the way and does not want to pick a fight. But, he added, that Canada will “unequivocally” stand up for the rule of law.