In a recent press briefing, the United States reiterated its serious concern regarding the allegations made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about India’s possible involvement in the assassination of Khalistani leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
The spokesperson for the US Department of State, Matthew Miller, stressed the importance of Canada conducting a thorough investigation and ensuring that those responsible are brought to justice.
He emphasized, “We believe it is crucial for Canada’s investigation to move forward, and we have both publicly and privately urged the Indian Government to cooperate fully with the Canadian investigation.”
Regarding the ongoing dispute between India and Canada, Miller also mentioned, “We are deeply troubled by the allegations referenced by Prime Minister Trudeau, and we are maintaining close communication with our Canadian partners.”
Tensions have escalated following Trudeau’s allegations, with India vehemently rejecting them as baseless and driven by ulterior motives.
Hardeep Singh Nijjar was killed in Surrey, Canada, on June 18. Furthermore, U.S. Representative Jim Costa has called for a comprehensive inquiry into Nijjar’s assassination. In a statement posted on social media, he expressed his concerns and requested an official briefing as a member of the House Foreign Affairs committee. Costa emphasized the need to establish accountability for the crime.
Prior to this, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had also expressed deep concern about Trudeau’s allegations and their potential impact on the relationship between the United States and Canada.