Secretary Blinken Speaks With Canadian
Secretary Antony Blinken Speaks With Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau at the G20 Summit in Rome, Italy, on October 31, 2021. (Original public domain image from Flickr)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday demanded India treat with "utmost seriousness" Canada's allegations of New Delhi's possible involvement in the slaying of a Sikh exile, a concern echoed by Washington.

Canada's assertion led to reciprocal expulsions of an Indian intelligence official from Canada and a senior Canadian diplomat from New Delhi.

"India needs to take this matter with the utmost seriousness. We are doing that. We are not looking to provoke or escalate," Trudeau told reporters.

Canada said Monday that there were "credible allegations" that agents linked to New Delhi were responsible for the June 18 slaying of Canadian citizen Hardeep Singh Nijjar in front of a Sikh cultural centre in a Vancouver suburb.

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