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S Jaishankar, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken hold talks amid India-Canada row India | US
File image of S Jaishankar meeting Antony Blinken in US State Department/courtesy: UNI

S Jaishankar, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken hold talks amid India-Canada row

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 29 Sep 2023, 01:31 am

Washington/IBNS: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar Thursday met US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington and discussed measures to enhance the bilateral ties between the two countries.

The meeting comes at a time when the diplomatic ties between India and Canada have worsened over the killing of a Khalistani separatist.

"Good to be back here. And we, of course, had the prime minister here this summer. Thanks to the US for all the support to the G20 Summit," S Jaishankar told the media in the presence of Blinken ahead of the meeting held at the State Department.

Blinken said he had "very good discussions" over the last few weeks including the one at the G20 and on the margins of the UN General Assembly session in New York.

He said he was looking forward to his discussions with the Indian counterpart.

Jaishankar's meeting with Blinken was scheduled much before the crisis with Canada broke out.

According to reports, the US has been urging India to cooperate in the Canadian investigation into the killing of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British Columbia early this year.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has alleged that the Indian government was behind the killing of Hardeep Nijjar on June 18.

India, which designated Nijjar as a terrorist in 2020, has rejected the allegations calling them "absurd" and "motivated".

 

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