Despite being a diplomat, India’s Foreign Minister Dr S Jaishankar is known for not mincing the words if the need so arises.
In what could be his first formal response to the nosediving of India Canada ties and literal expulsion of as many as 41 of the Canadian diplomats, Dr Jaishankar went as far as to allege that government here was concerned by the interference in domestic Indian affairs by Canadian personnel.
The External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar said, “There’s this whole issue of parity that the size of how many diplomats there are of one country versus how many diplomats there are of the other country. Parity is very much provided for by the Vienna Convention, which is the relevant international rule on this. But in our case, we invoked parity because we had concerns about continuous interference in our affairs by Canadian personnel. We haven’t made much of that public. My sense is over a period of time more stuff will come out and people will understand why we had the kind of discomfort with many of them which we did.”