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India-Canada row: 'We support India,' says Sri Lankan envoy Milinda Moragoda on Canada's allegations

Sri Lanka supports India's firm response to Canada's allegations, says the outgoing High Commissioner to India.

Sri Lanka s High Commissioner to India Milinda Moragoda (Twitter/@ICWA_NewDelhi) (HT_PRINT)Premium
Sri Lanka s High Commissioner to India Milinda Moragoda (Twitter/@ICWA_NewDelhi) (HT_PRINT)

Outgoing Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India, Milinda Moragoda, has indicated that India's reaction to allegations from Canada has been resolute and straightforward.

Furthermore, Colombo is expressing its support for New Delhi concerning this issue.

As reported by ANI, Moragoda spoke about the India-Canada row while addressing a press conference. He said that the people of Sri Lanka have suffered due to terrorism and that his country has zero tolerance for terrorism.

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On being asked about Canada's allegations against India, Moragoda said, “I think India's response has been inequitable and also firm and direct. And I think as far as we are concerned, we support India on that. Having said that, also, in my lifetime now, I'm 60 years old, 40 years of my life, we have spent facing various forms of terrorism in Sri Lanka."

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"I have lost many friends, and colleagues to terrorism. "We have all mean many Sri Lankans have died to terrorism. So, therefore, our position on these matters, I think is very clear because we have endured and we have suffered. And as a country that has gone through that tolerance for terrorism is zero tolerance," he added.

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Relations between India and Canada have become tense following Justin Trudeau's statement on September 18, in which he accused India of being involved in the fatal shooting of Khalistan Tiger Force chief Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada.

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Hardeep Singh Nijjar, who had been designated as a terrorist in India, was fatally shot outside a Gurdwara in Surrey, Canada, on June 18. India, however, dismissed the accusations, describing them as "absurd" and "motivated".

“We have seen and rejected the statement of the Canadian Prime Minister in their Parliament, as also the statement by their Foreign Minister," the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.

"Allegations of Government of India's involvement in any act of violence in Canada are absurd and motivated," the MEA added in its statement.

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"Similar allegations were made by the Canadian Prime Minister to our Prime Minister and were completely rejected. We are a democratic polity with a strong commitment to the rule of law," it added.

On Thursday, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that the allegations made by Canada regarding the "potential links" of India behind the killing of Khalistani extremist Hardeep Singh Nijjar are “politically driven".

"Yes, I do think there is a degree of prejudice here. They have made allegations and taken action against them. To us, it seems that these allegations by the government of Canada are primarily politically driven," Bagchi said while addressing a weekly presser.

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The spokesperson from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) also added that Canada has not provided any information regarding the death of Nijjar.

"We are willing to look at any specific information that is provided to us, but so far we have received no specific information from Canada," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said on Thursday while answering queries.

(With inputs from ANI)

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