Canadian PM Justin Trudeau clears the air on Khalistan activist Jaspal Atwal’s invitation, here is what he said

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New Delhi | Updated: February 22, 2018 5:10 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau breaks silence over his wife's photo with a pro-Khalistan activist Jaspal Atwal. He admitted that the person shouldn't have been invited to the Mumbai event. Meanwhile. Canadian MP Randeep S. Sarai has taken responsibility of the incident

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau clarifies on his wife's photo with pro-Khalistan activist Jaspal Atwal (Source: ANI)Canadian PM Justin Trudeau clarifies on his wife’s photo with pro-Khalistan activist Jaspal Atwal (Source: ANI)

A photograph of Canada-based Khalistani activist Jaspal Atwal and Canadian PM’s wife Sophie Trudeau, that surfaced today, triggered what is being seen as a ‘diplomatic crisis’. In the latest development, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in an effort to scatter the grey clouds over Indo-Canadian bilateral ties, has broken his silence over the incident. Trudeau has clarified on his wife’s photo with a Khalistani activist saying that the matter has been taken up seriously by Canada. He accepted that Atwal should have never got the invitation. Informing that ‘a member of Parliament had included’ Atwal’s name in the Mumbai event (where Sophie Trudeau was clicked with Atwal) held on February 20, he said,”as soon as we received the info we rescinded it”, as per news agency ANI.

Randeep S. Sarai, the Canadian MP, who pro-Khalistani activist Jaspal Atwal, has also apologised for the incident. His apology letter was shared on Twitter by a Canadian journalist Abigail Bimman. In his apology letter, he confessed his fault and agreed that he should have ‘exercised better judgement’.

Meanwhile, Indian Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar conducted a media conference clarified the Indian stance on the development. He said the issue was raised during the meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland. Responding to a question as to how Atwal got India’s visa, Kumar said, that the matter is being investigated assuring that he will ‘ascertain information from Indian Commission’. He also added that the meeting between the foreign ministers of the two nations was productive and talks were held on issues ranging from trade and investment, security and cyber security, energy, to people-to-people contacts.

Earlier in the day, Canadian Minister Kirsty Duncan called the incident unfortunate admitting that Atwal should not have been invited. She also added that the Canadian side is looking into the matter.

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