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Canada says Sorry to India

New Delhi: Amid an outrage over its denunciation of Indian security forces and intelligence establishment, the Canadian government tendered an unconditional apology to India.

A day after reiterating their respect for India, Canada Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said, “We offer unconditional apology to India regarding the visa denial row”.

In a damage-control exercise, Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney hailed the Indian defence and security institutions, saying they operate ‘under the framework of democratic processes and the rule of law.’

Terming as ‘unfortunate’ the incidents involving use of foul language by Canadian High Commission in visa rejection letters to some individuals, Kenney said, “This language, or the inaccurate impression it has created, in no way reflects the policy or position of the Government of Canada.”

In a statement emailed from Ottawa, he said, “The Government of Canada, therefore, deeply regrets the recent incident in which letters drafted by public service officials during routine visa refusals to Indian nationals cast false aspersions on the legitimacy of work carried out by Indian defence and security institutions, which operate under the framework of democratic processes and the rule of law.”

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