India on Friday summoned Canadian High Commissioner Nadir Patel over the comments by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other parliamentarian leaders on the ongoing farmers’ protest in Delhi. The Ministry of External Affairs informed that these remarks were unacceptable and could have a serious damaging impact on the bilateral ties.
In a statement, the MEA said the Canadian High Commissioner was summoned and informed that the comments by PM Justin Trudeau, some Cabinet ministers and parliamentarians on the farmers’ protest in India were unacceptable interference in our internal affairs. Such actions, if continued, would have a seriously damaging impact on ties between India and Canada. These comments have encouraged gatherings of extremist activities in front of our High Commission and Consulates in Canada that raise issues of safety and security, the MEA added.
Speaking at an event on Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had made a remark on the farmer’s protest in Delhi, supporting the farmers’ right to peaceful protest. He had said Canada will always be there to defend the rights of peaceful protest. He was the first world leader to comment on the farmers who braved water cannons, tear gas shells, lathi charge by Delhi and Haryana Police in an attempt to stop them from entering the national capital. They were later given permission to enter the state and protest peacefully. Farmers’ demand the laws to be repealed as they fear that removing the MSP and mandi system will leave them to the mercy of big corporates.
India had immediately responded toTrudeau comment saying it was India’s internal matter and the remarks were ill-informed and unwarranted.
The MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava had said the country has 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. It is also best that diplomatic conversations are not misrepresented for political purposes.