Five key takeaways from Justin Trudeau’s latest remarks on row with India:
Canada is investigating “credible allegations” of a potential link between Indian government agents and the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
Trudeau said that the Canadian government is taking these allegations “very seriously” and that it is “working closely” with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to investigate the matter.
Canada is not seeking to “provoke” India.
Trudeau said that Canada wants to have a “good relationship” with India and that it is “not looking to cause problems.” He also acknowledged India’s growing international influence as it forges stronger economic and security ties with the West.
Canada is urging India to cooperate with the investigation.
Trudeau said that Canada needs India’s cooperation to “get to the bottom of what happened” in Nijjar’s murder. He also said that it is important for India to “demonstrate its commitment to the rule of law and to human rights.”
Canada’s justice system is “robust” and will be able to investigate and deliver justice in Nijjar’s killing.
Trudeau said that Canada has a “rigorous and independent justice system that we trust to follow through the processes.” He also said that “as a country of the rule of law, we will ensure that those processes are strictly abided by and respected.”
Canada’s relationship with India is “important.”
Trudeau said that Canada values its relationship with India and that it is committed to working with India to address the challenges that both countries face.
The row between Canada and India over the killing of Nijjar is a delicate one. It is important for both sides to remain calm and to work together to find the truth.