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US, UK back Canadian PM Trudeau over expulsion of diplomats from India


Tribune News Service

Sandeep Dikshit

New Delhi, October 21

The US and the UK have backed Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s charge that the expulsion of two-thirds of the Canadian diplomats from India was an “unfriendly act that amounted to a violation of the Vienna Convention governing diplomacy”.

“It is something that all countries in the world should be very worried about,” Trudeau said shortly after India sent home 41 Canadian diplomats to achieve parity with the strength of its diplomats posted in Canada. The move has led to Canada suspending all in-person services at its consulates, including Chandigarh.

Nijjar killing fallout

Canada: “It’s something all countries should be very worried about”

Us: “Urged India not to insist on reduction in diplomatic presence”

UK: “Don’t agree with India’s decisions… all states must uphold obligations under Vienna Convention”

The US, the UK and Canada are members of the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance, reckoned to be the most pervasive surveillance network in the world that even spies on its allies. Its core members are the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Only New Zealand has not rushed to Canada’s defence on the controversy emanating from the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.

Within rights: India

The Ministry of External Affairs has quoted Article 11.1 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations to assert that there is no violation in the implementation of diplomatic parity

The US State Department issued a statement shortly after Trudeau’s statement in which it said that it had urged India not to insist upon a reduction in Canada’s diplomatic presence. Stating that resolving differences requires diplomats to be on the ground, the US supported Canada’s contention that by expelling the diplomats, India did not live up to the obligations under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

The UK Foreign Office also made the same point as the US State Department. London also repeated the US and Canadian formulations by asking “all states” to uphold their obligations. The MEA has quoted Article 11.1 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations to assert that there is no violation.

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