India's Compliance with Vienna Convention Affirmed Amid Diplomatic Dispute

Recently, India has rebuffed allegations of violating the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations after requesting the repatriation of 41 Canadian diplomats.

Key Points

  • This response comes in light of Canadian Foreign Minister accusation that India had breached diplomatic norms by seeking a reduction in the number of Canadian diplomats stationed in India.
  • India's Stance on Parity: India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) emphasized that their actions were consistent with Article 11.1 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
  • The MEA further accused the Canadian government of maintaining an excessive number of diplomats in India and justified the reduction by pointing to Canada's "continued interference" in India's internal affairs.
  • Impact on Consular Services: The reduction in the number of diplomats will temporarily affect Canadian consulates in Chandigarh, Mumbai, and Bengaluru, with in-person services being halted.
  • The Canadian Foreign Minister noted that the decision would affect the levels of services for citizens of both countries.