Farm stir: India summons envoy, but Trudeau defiant | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Asking Canada to desist from making any comment that justifies “extremist activism”, India on Friday said recent utterances by Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and other leaders on the ongoing protests by farmers amounted to interference in India’s internal affairs.
Such actions, if continued, would have a seriously damaging impact on ties between India and Canada, the government said in a statement.
This was after the MEA summoned Canadian high commissioner Nadir Patel and handed over a demarche to him for the apparent show of support to the farmers’ right to protest by Canadian leaders. The ministry had not named Trudeau in its earlier response.
“We expect the Canadian government to ensure the fullest security of Indian diplomatic personnel and its political leaders to refrain from pronouncements that legitimise extremist activism,” it said.
Apart from Trudeau, several Sikh ministers had expressed support for the farmers’ “fundamental right” to protest. Addressing the Sikh community, Trudeau had described the situation in Delhi as “concerning” and said Canada will always be there to support the right for peaceful protest.
A defiant Trudeau, when asked about MEA summoning Patel, reiterated that Canada will always stand up for the right to protest peacefully and human rights anywhere in the world and that Canada was pleased to see “moves towards de-escalation and dialogue”. When asked specifically about India’s threat that his remarks can damage bilateral ties, he said again that Canada will always support the right to protest peacefully.
There were also reports that foreign minister S Jaishankar was going to skip a meeting by his Canadian counterpart Francois-Philippe Champagne for cooperation in the fight against Covid-19. MEA neither confirmed nor denied it.

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