India rebuts Canada on exit of 41diplomats : “In line with Vienna convention”

The attempt to characterize the implementation of parity as a breach of international norms was rejected by the external ministry in ties between India and Canada.

India on Friday disagreed with Canada’s assessment that a measure to establish parity in diplomatic presence violated international rules and insisted that its conduct was in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

In response to a decision to “unilaterally remove” their diplomatic immunity, the foreign minister of Canada, Melanie Joly, stated on Thursday that 41 Canadian diplomats and their 42 dependents had left India.

Following the diplomatic dispute over Justin Trudeau of Canada’s claim that Indian government agents were responsible for the murder of Khalistani leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the Indian side sought to equalize diplomatic representation by requesting the withdrawal of 41 of the 62 Canadian diplomats stationed there.

The external affairs ministry responded to Joly’s claim that India’s action was against the Vienna Convention and other international standards by issuing a statement that read: “The state of our bilateral relations, the much higher number of Canadian diplomats in India, and their continued interference in our internal affairs warrant a parity in mutual diplomatic presence in New Delhi and Ottawa.”

The ministry continued, saying: “We reject any attempt to portray the implementation of parity as a violation of international norms.”

In order to iron out the specifics and mechanisms of its implementation, the Indian side has been in communication with Canada about the topic of diplomatic parity over the past month.

The statement noted that India’s implementation of the parity complies fully with Article 11.1 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

In this paragraph, it is stated that “in the absence of specific agreement as to the size of the mission, the receiving State may require that the size of a mission be kept within limits considered by it to be reasonable and normal, having regard to circumstances and conditions in the receiving State and to the needs of the particular mission.”

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