Canada praised India’s move to opt for dialogue with agitating farmers

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Canada has praised the Indian government for holding several rounds of dialogue with agitating farmers who are sitting on borders of the national capital protesting against farm laws.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau conveyed this during his recent phone call to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Interestingly, Canada had earlier raised concerns over the agitations.

MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava told the reporters “You would have seen the readouts from both sides on the farmers protest; PM Trudeau commended efforts of India to choose the path of dialogue as befitting in democracy. He also acknowledges the responsibility of his government in providing protection to India personnel and premises in Canada.”

Canada also assured security to Indian diplomatic missions and diplomats. India views overseas protests as a larger international conspiracy and handiwork of pro-Khalistan separatists who wants to defame India.

Earlier PM Trudeau, while expressing concern about farmers protest had said, “The situation is concerning and we are all very worried about family and friends. Canada will always be there to defend the rights of peaceful protest.”

His comments caused outrage in India and New Delhi termed PM Trudeau’s remarks as “unwarranted”.

Responding to the question on the supply of vaccines to Canada, the MEA spokesperson said, “Decision on these supplies will, of course, be calibrated as per domestic production and the requirements of national vaccination programme which is the largest vaccination drive in the world.”

Canada had asked India to allow the supply of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Pune-based Serum Institute of India.

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