The Ministry of External Affairs stated on September 21 that the claims made by the Canadian government are primarily motivated politically and that there should be an equal distribution of diplomatic resources between India and Canada given the continuous hostilities between the two countries.
Arindam Bagchi, a spokesperson for the MEA, was reported by news agency ANI as saying, “Yes, we’ve informed the Government of Canada that there should be parity in strength in our mutual diplomatic presence,” during a press conference in the nation’s capital. Their population is significantly larger than ours in Canada. I anticipate that the Canadian side will cut back.
Bagchi said, “Yes, I do think there is a degree of prejudice here. They have made allegations and taken action on them. To us, it seems that these allegations by government of Canada are primarily politically driven.”
Bagchi assured that MEA will regularly assess the situation with regard to visa services in Canada. You are aware of the security risks our High Commission and Consulates in Canada are facing, he continued. They can no longer operate normally because of this. As a result, our High Commission and Consulates are not currently able to handle visa requests. We’ll be regularly evaluating the circumstance.
Then he continued, “We are happy to review any specific material that is supplied to us, but up until now, Canada has not offered any specific information. We have provided Canada with precise information regarding illegal activity by people based on Canadian land, but they haven’t acted on it.