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India says it’s firm on Canada reducing diplomatic staff in the country but sets no deadline

Associated Press Writer

NEW DELHI (AP) — India says it has set no deadline so far but remains determined to reduce Canada’s diplomatic presence in the South Asian country amid a confrontation over Canadian accusations that India may have been involved in the killing of a Sikh separatist leader in suburban Vancouver. New Delhi has dismissed the accusations as absurd. India’s External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi told reporters at a news conference on Thursday that the two countries are discussing “modalities” to “achieve parity” as to the levels of diplomatic representation. Earlier this week, a Canadian official said India has told Canada to remove 41 of its 62 diplomats in the country.

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