Published On: Tue, Dec 1st, 2020

India slams Canadian PM Trudeau for his remarks on ongoing farmer protests

New Delhi: India on Tuesday strongly reacted to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s comments on ongoing farmer protests, calling it “ill-informed”. Trudeau had said he is “concerned” about the protest and has raised the matter with Indian authorities.

It is also best that diplomatic conversations are not misrepresented for political purposes

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, “We have seen some ill-informed comments by Canadian leaders relating to farmers in India. Such comments are unwarranted, especially when pertaining to the internal affairs of a democratic country.”

He added, “It is also best that diplomatic conversations are not misrepresented for political purposes.”

Addressing the Indian community in Canada during an online event on Monday to mark the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the Canadian PM said, “the news coming out of India, about the protest by farmers, the situation is concerning. We are all worried about families and friends”.

He added, “Let me remind you, Canada will always be there to defend the right of peaceful protests, we believe in the importance of dialogue, that is why we have reached out through multiple means, directly to Indian authorities, to highlight concerns.”

Trudeau is the first world leader to make such public remarks about the ongoing protests by farmers, drawing criticism.

It may be mentioned here that Canada has a huge Indian diaspora, substantially from the northern state of Punjab.

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