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'Unwarranted, ill-informed': India reacts to Canadian PM Justin Trudeau's comments on farmers stir

Earlier today, the Canadian prime minister reached out to the Indian community and expressed concern over the ongoing farmers protest in India against the new farm laws, the first world leader to voice his views on the issue.

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New Delhi Updated on: December 01, 2020 19:09 IST
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India rejects Canadian PM's comments on farmers stir as ill-informed, unwarranted.

India on Tuesday responded to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's statement saying his country will always be there to defend the right of peaceful protest. "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," the MEA spokesperson said.

"It's also best that diplomatic conversations aren't misrepresented for political purposes," he added. 

Earlier today, the Canadian prime minister reached out to the Indian community and expressed concern over the ongoing farmers protest in India against the new farm laws, the first world leader to voice his views on the issue.

Addressing the Indian community in Canada during an online event on Monday to mark the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, Trudeau said he would be remiss if he didn't recognise the "news coming out of india about the protest by farmers."

"The situation is concerning and we are all very worried about family and friends and I know that is a reality for many of you," Trudeau said in the video posted on his Twitter account.

"Let me remind you, Canada will always be there to defend the right of peaceful protest. We believe in importance of dialogue and that is why we have reached out through multiple means directly to Indian authorities to highlight our concerns," he said.

He said that this was a moment for all to pull together because of COVID and because of everything else as well.

"We are going to be there to continue to work together as we are there to help each other," he said.

Extending his greetings on Guru Nanak Dev's birth anniversary, he said that it is really an "important time to come together even more so this year than normal because COVID is keeping us all separate."

"Being able to come together and celebrate like this is really wonderful," he said.

Canada is home to a large number of Indian migrants, mostly from Punjab.

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