Amid the ongoing diplomatic standoff between India and Canada following Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s allegations against the Indian government, the United States has strongly denied reports suggesting a potential deterioration of ties between India and the U.S. These reports emerged after an article in a Washington-based publication Politico titled ‘Why Biden’s mum on the India-Canada spat’ claimed that U.S. Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti had expressed concerns about the situation.
U.S. Embassy Dismisses Claims of Deteriorating India-U.S. Ties
The U.S. Embassy in India has categorically dismissed the reports indicating a possible worsening of relations between India and the United States. In a statement, the embassy asserted, “Ambassador Garcetti is working hard every day to deepen the partnership between the people and governments of the United States and India. As his personal engagement and public schedule demonstrates, Ambassador Garcetti and the U.S. Mission to India are working every day to advance the important, strategic, and consequential partnership we have with India.”
Joe Biden Administration Maintains Need for Probe into Canadian Allegations
The Joe Biden administration has consistently maintained that the allegations made by the Canadian government against India need to be thoroughly investigated. This stance underscores the seriousness of the situation, which originated from Prime Minister Trudeau’s accusation regarding the role of the Indian government in the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June.
India’s Accusations Raised in High-Level Diplomatic Meetings
The issue surrounding Trudeau’s allegations found its way into high-level diplomatic meetings between India and the United States. External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar discussed the matter with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a recent visit to the U.S. Additionally, during a meeting between Dr. S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, John Kirby, Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council in the White House, stated, “We’ll certainly leave it to those two countries to talk about their bilateral relationship. We’ve been clear, these allegations are serious, they need to be fully investigated, and of course, as we’ve said before, we urge India to participate actively in that investigation.”
Canadian Attempts for International Condemnation
Earlier reports from The Washington Post suggested that Canadian officials had sought public condemnation of Nijjar’s murder from its allies, including the U.S., in the run-up to the G20 summit. However, these attempts reportedly faced reluctance from some nations.