India has asked Canada to allow its diplomats to perform their duties as per diplomatic protocols that ensure their safety and security.
Stressing the obligation of Canada to respect and abide by the Vienna Convention of international diplomacy, India said, “We reiterate the need for nations to respect the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations so that our diplomats can discharge their diplomatic obligations.”
The move comes after reports that Khalistan supporters tried to disrupt a consular camp organised by the Indian mission in Vancouver.
After assurances of enhanced security for Indian diplomats, the government had recently resumed some visa services for Canadian nationals.
“Our high commission and consulates in Canada regularly organise consular camps. One such camp was organised near Vancouver on November 12 to provide life certificates to pensioners. The event was held successfully despite attempts by a few radical elements to cause trouble. Our Consul General was not present at that site,” said the ministry of external affairs spokesperson.
Asked about an alleged attack on the Indian community during Diwali celebrations in Canada, the MEA spokesperson said Indian authorities had not received any complaint.
“I think that was more in the nature of unrest between the two groups. To be honest, I don’t think there has been any complaint that our consulate has received. I saw some social media reports,” he said.