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Canada Welcomes India’s Visa Services Resumption

Diplomatic Tensions Ease as Visa Services Restart Amid Security Collaborations

Canada has expressed relief over India’s decision to resume some visa-related services for Canadians on Thursday. The immigration minister, Marc Miller, said that India should not have suspended the visa services in the first place.

The suspension came after Canada accused India of plotting to kill Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Khalistani terrorist. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claimed that Indian agents were involved in his murder in British Columbia on June 18. India denied the allegations as “absurd” and “motivated”.

The emergency preparedness minister, Harjit Sajjan, said Canada still sought India’s help in the murder case. He also said he did not know what message India was trying to send by resuming the visa services.

The Indian High Commission in Canada announced on Wednesday that it would process some types of visa applications for Canadians. These include entry visas, business visas, medical visas and conference visas.

An official told the Media persons that India resumed the visa services after Canada cooperated on the security issues of the Indian diplomatic staff and buildings. This was the result of several discussions that lasted for 10 days.

India had also asked Canada to withdraw 41 diplomats to match the number of Indian diplomats in Canada. This was because India accused Canada of interfering in its internal affairs. Canada complied with this request last week.

The United States and Britain supported Canada in the withdrawal of diplomats.

Alok Verma

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