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“Unwarranted & Ill-informed”: MEA Reacts Over Justin Trudeau’s Remarks On Farmers’ Protests

The MEA said the comments are unwarranted and it is also best that diplomatic conversations aren’t misrepresented for political purposes.

The Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday, reacting to the remarks made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in regards to the farmers’ agitation against new reforms, said the comments are unwarranted and it is also best that diplomatic conversations aren’t misrepresented for political purposes.

“We’ve seen some ill-informed comments by Canadian leaders relating to farmers in India. These are unwarranted especially when pertaining to internal affairs of a democratic country. It’s also best that diplomatic conversations aren’t misrepresented for political purposes,” Anurag Srivastava, the External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson, said in a statement.

The comments by New Delhi came shortly after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, being the first world leader to back the farmer’s agitation in India against the new farm laws, said: “Canada will always be there to defend the rights of peaceful protest”, noting that the situation is “concerning”.

At an online event to mark the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the Canadian Prime Minister said: “The news coming out of India about the protest by farmers. The situation is concerning and we’re all very worried about family and friends. I know that’s a reality for many of you. Let me remind you, Canada will always be there to defend the rights of peaceful protest.”

Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Harayana and adjoining states braved water cannons, tear gas and barricades to reach to the national capital to protest the new agriculture reforms brought in by the Modi government. Highlighting the excessive force used against the peaceful protestors, many politicians from Canada and the United Kingdom had already condemned the actions of the government and had called for peaceful dialogue.

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