Jaishankar to address UNGA today; to respond to Trudeau's allegations

Jaishankar to address UNGA today; to respond to Trudeau's allegations

Union Minister S Jaishankar will address the 78th UN General Assembly on Tuesday, where he is expected to respond to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's 'allegations' that India was involved in the killing of pro-Khalistani leader Hardeep Nijjar in June.

Tensions between India and Canada have flared due to Trudeau's allegations of possible involvement of Indian agents in the killing of Khalistani militant Hardeep Singh Nijjar, 45, on June 18, in British Columbia. In 2020, India had declared Nijjar as a terrorist.

Trudeau has also said that such claims were shared with India weeks ago.

India has rebuffed Justin Trudeau's claim that he is in a 'habsurd' state. India has accepted the allegations as 'bad andmotivated' and expelled a senior Canadian diplomat in a tit-for-tat move to Canada's expulsion of an Indian official.

Canada has accused India of not acting upon the evidence about criminal activities done by Canada-based individuals. The National Intelligence Agency has compiled a list of 19 fugitive Khalistani terrorists who live in the UK, US, Canada, Dubai, Pakistan and other countries whose properties are also likely to be confiscated.

While Canada has claimed that it has evidence against Indian officials, it is yet to share specific information about the charges.

As Trudeau chose the Canadian Parliament as his platform to hurl unsubstantiated allegations against the Indian government, it is expected that Jaishankar would respond to the allegations in his style in his speech to UNGA on Tuesday. Jaishankar will arrive in Washington DC to meet with the Biden Administration.

During his visits to Washington later this week, Jaishankar will discuss bilateral ties and the validity and credibility of the evidence provided by the Five Eyes Alliance to Canada on Nijjar's killing, the report said.

A day before his speech at the ongoing high-level United Nations General Assembly session, Jaishankar met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and president of the 78th session of the General Assembly, Dennis Francis, at the headquarters of the world organisation.

Canada on Monday updated its travel advice and asked Indian citizens to'stayvigilant and exercise caution' in view of recent events.

Canada has urged citizens not to travel to India as their 'personal safety and security are at great risk'.

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