Canada’s focus on investigation into Nijjar’s killing over trade talks with India

San Francisco: A senior Canadian minister has contradicted the rumours about the resumption of trade talks between India and Canada.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the minister, Mary Ng, who oversees Export Promotion, International Trade, and Economic Development, emphasised that the current priority for the Canadian government is to involve India in the investigation of the killing of Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian citizen.

She stated during a media interaction at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in San Francisco that the country’s primary focus is to allow the investigative process to unfold.

She responded to inquiries about the possibility of resuming trade talks by highlighting the importance of completing the investigation into the Canadian citizen’s death on Canadian soil. She emphasised, “Our focus is, of course, on this investigation; that work has to take place.”

Tensions between India and Canada escalated after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s assertion of a “potential” involvement of Indian agents in Nijjar’s killing on June 18 in British Columbia. K

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