US Secretary of State Urges India to Cooperate in Canadian Investigation of Sikh Murder in Canada

US Secretary of State Urges India to Cooperate in Canadian Investigation of Sikh

US Secretary of State Urges India to Cooperate in Canadian Investigation of Sikh Murder in Canada

WASHINGTON, Sep 29 - US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has urged his Indian counterpart to fully cooperate with Canada's investigation into the killing of a Sikh separatist advocate in Canada. A spokesperson for the State Department confirmed that Blinken spoke with India's Foreign Minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, on Thursday (Sep 29) regarding the murder case.

During the meeting, Blinken expressed US concerns about the killing of Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Canada in June. Canada has suspected the involvement of Indian government agents in the case, leading to serious tensions between India and Canada.

Although the official statement from the State Department did not mention the Nijjar issue, an unnamed US official confirmed that Blinken had requested India's full cooperation in the investigation.

This diplomatic tension has put the United States in a difficult position, considering Canada is a neighbor and a formal ally. Since Trudeau revealed suspicions of Indian government involvement, Washington has sought to maintain good relations with both countries, especially because India is seen as a crucial counterbalance to China's growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region.

Indian Foreign Minister Jaishankar stated that India is open to examining any "specific" or "relevant" information provided by Canada regarding the murder case.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has not yet publicly disclosed concrete evidence, stated that he shared the "credible allegations" with India several weeks ago.

In related developments, the US Ambassador to Canada revealed that some information related to the case has been gathered by the Five Eyes intelligence alliance, which includes the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. The case continues to draw international attention, with the world awaiting further developments in this investigation.

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