NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Wednesday introduced an easing of its visa ban on Canadian nationals imposed greater than a month in the past after Canada alleged that India was concerned in the assassination of a Sikh separatist in Canada.
India introduced that it’s going to resume companies for entry, enterprise, medical and convention visas beginning Thursday, in response to a press launch issued by the Indian Excessive Fee in Ottawa. Emergency companies will proceed to be dealt with by the Indian Excessive Fee and the consulates in Toronto and Vancouver, it mentioned.
Wednesday’s announcement might ease tensions between the 2 nations.
A diplomatic spat erupted between them after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned final month that there have been “credible allegations” of Indian involvement in the killing of Canadian citizen Hardeep Singh Nijjar in suburban Vancouver in western Canada. Nijjar was a 45-year-old Sikh activist and plumber who was killed by masked gunmen in June in Surrey, outdoors Vancouver.
For years, India had mentioned that Nijjar, a Canadian citizen born in India, had hyperlinks to terrorism, an allegation Nijjar denied.
Canada didn’t retaliate towards India’s halting the issuing of latest visas for Canadian nationals. India beforehand expelled a senior Canadian diplomat after Canada expelled a senior Indian diplomat.
India has accused Canada of harboring separatists and “terrorists,” however dismissed the Canadian allegation of its involvement in the killing as “absurd.”
The Indian easing of the visa ban Wednesday got here days after Canada mentioned it was recalling 41 of its 62 diplomats in India. That call got here after Canada mentioned New Delhi warned it might strip their diplomatic immunity — one thing Canadian officers characterised as a violation of the Geneva Conference.
The Indian authorities final week rejected any notion that it violated worldwide legislation in asking Canada to recall diplomats in order that each governments have roughly the identical quantity stationed in every nation.
India had not publicly said it might withdraw diplomatic immunity from the Canadian diplomats, nor did it give a deadline for his or her departure. But it surely mentioned it wished Canada to scale back its variety of diplomats in India to match the quantity that India has in Canada.
“Resolving variations requires diplomats on the bottom,” Matthew Miller, a Canadian State Division spokesman, mentioned in a assertion final week. “We now have urged the Indian authorities to not insist upon a discount in Canada’s diplomatic presence and to cooperate in the continuing Canadian investigation.”