According to reports, India has stopped talks on a UK trade deal after supporters of the Khalistan movement attacked its embassy in London.
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India has reportedly halted trade negotiations with Britain in response to a perceived lack of action from Rishi Sunak’s government following protests at India’s embassy in London last month.
The Indian government was said to have “disengaged” from talks on a post-Brexit free trade agreement, which are at an advanced stage, until the British government issues a public condemnation of the Sikh separatist movement whose members vandalised the High Commission of India on Aldwych.
An unnamed UK government source was quoted by The Times as saying India “[have] said they don’t want to speak about trade, they don’t want to do trade negotiations because they think it’s part of a wider problem of us not taking the attack against the Indian high commission and the wider Sikh separatist movement seriously”.
Supporters of the Khalistan movement, which calls for the creation of a separate homeland for the Sikh community carved out of India’s Punjab state, pulled down the Indian flag and smashed windows during the protests earlier in March.
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“[The] Indians don’t want to talk about trade until they get a very public demonstration of condemnation of Khalistan extremism in the UK,” the source told The Times.
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