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‘We reject any attempt to…’: Govt rebuttal as Canada accuses India of violating international rules

India denies violating Vienna Convention after Canada's accusation

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks past Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at Raj Ghat during the G20 Summit (AP)Premium
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks past Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at Raj Ghat during the G20 Summit (AP)

The Ministry of External Affairs issued a sharp rebuttal on Friday after Canada accused India of violating the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. The assertion came as Ottawa withdrew 41 diplomats amid increasingly strained ties with New Delhi. 

"Our actions in implementing this parity are fully consistent with Article 11.1 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations…We reject any attempt to portray the implementation of parity as a violation of international norms," the MEA said in a statement.

The Indian government said that it had seen the statement released by Canada and stressed the need for ‘parity in mutual diplomatic presence’. 

“We have been engaged with the Canadian side on this over the last month in order to work out the details and modalities of its implementation," it added.

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Relations between India and Canada plunged last month after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claimed that there was ‘credible evidence’ linking India to the killing of Canadian citizen Hardeep Singh Nijjar. New Delhi has decried the allagations as ‘absurd’ and taken a slew of restrictive measures in the ensuing weeks. 

“I can confirm that India has formally conveyed its plan to unethically remove diplomatic immunities for all but 21 Canadian diplomats and dependents in Delhi by October 20. This means 41 Canadian diplomats and their 42 dependents were in danger of having immunity stripped on an arbitrary date and this would put their personal safety at risk," said Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly.

The official also insisted that an “unilateral revocation of diplomatic privilege and immunities" was contrary to international law. Canada however insisted that it will “not reciprocate" even as it was compelled to pause on all in-person services at its  Consulates in Chandigarh, in Mumbai and Bengaluru.

" It is a clear violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and threatening to do so is unreasonable and escalatory. If we allow the norm of diplomatic immunity to be broken no diplomats anywhere on the planet would be safe," CTV news quoted her as saying.  added, adding that Canada "will not reciprocate," according to CTV news.

(With inputs from agencies)

 

 

 

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Published: 20 Oct 2023, 03:26 PM IST
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