The Indian government said it had asked Canada to reduce the number of its diplomats posted in India amid a diplomatic row.
According to an Indian news platform, Xinhua, New Delhi cited the “interference of Canadian diplomats in Indian affairs” as the reason for the move.
India’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Arindam Bagchi, said, “The Canadian diplomatic presence in India is larger than what India has and accordingly needs to be downsized.
“We have informed the Canadian government that there should be parity in diplomatic presence.
“Their numbers are very much higher than ours in Canada.”
This development is coming hours after India suspended visa services in Canada.
Diplomatic relations between New Delhi and Ottawa took a hit after the Canadian prime minister on Monday alleged that Indian agents played a role in the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Sikh separatist leader near Vancouver, in June.
India outrightly denied the allegations and described them as “absurd and motivated.”
India has issued an advisory to Indians living in Canada, urging them to exercise utmost caution.