Relationship between India and Canada is going through a difficult period: Jaishankar on Canadian visa services


Posted on 22 October 2023


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According to Jaishankar, the relationship between India and Canada is currently in a tough phase, and India has concerns with certain aspects of Canadian politics. External Affair Minister Dr S Jaishankar stated, “The relationship right now is going through a difficult phase. But I do want to say the problems we have are with a certain segment of Canadian politics and the policies which flow from that. Right now the big concern which people have is on visas. Some weeks ago, we stopped issuing visas in Canada because it was no longer safe for our diplomats to go to work to issue visas. So their safety and security was the primary reason we had to temporarily stop the issue of visas. We're tracking it very closely. My hope, my expectation is that situation would improve in the sense that our people would have greater confidence in being able to do their basic duty as diplomats. Because ensuring safety and security of diplomats is the most fundamental aspect of the Vienna Convention. And right now that is what has in many ways been challenged in Canada that our people are not safe, our diplomats are not safe. So if we see progress there, I would like very much to resume the issue of visas. My hope would be that it would be something which should happen very soon..."


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  • According to Jaishankar, the relationship between India and Canada is currently in a tough phase, and India has concerns with certain aspects of Canadian politics.