Amid India-Canada Row, White House’s No Special Exemption Remark

The White House said the United States is in contact with both countries on the issue.


The US has been in high-level contact with Indians after Ottawa said Indian government officials were involved in the killing of a Khalistani terrorist in Canada, and the US government has granted “special immunity” in the case. No, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Thursday. .

The United States aims to strengthen relations with India. President Joe Biden hosted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a state visit to the White House earlier this year.

Asked whether U.S. concerns about the incident could disrupt that process, Sullivan said the U.S. will stand by its principles regardless of which country is affected.

“This is a concern for us. We take it seriously. It’s a challenge that we will continue to address, regardless of the country,” Sullivan told reporters at the White House.

“There is no special immunity for actions like this. No matter where we are, we will stand up and defend our fundamental principles, and we will continue to support our allies like Canada as they move forward with their law enforcement and diplomatic processes.” We plan to hold close discussions.”

Canada said Monday it is “actively pursuing” links between Indian government officials and the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, 45, outside a Sikh temple in June.

Sullivan said the United States is in contact with both countries on the issue.

“We’re in constant communication with our Canadian counterpart…and we’re also in communication with the Indian government,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan said he disagrees with reports that suggest there is distance between Canada and the United States on this issue.

“We categorically reject the idea that there is a wedge between the United States and Canada. We are deeply concerned about this allegation and hope this investigation moves forward and the perpetrators are held accountable.” said.

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