‘India told US taking assassination bid on Sikh leader on its soil very seriously’

By News Desk
December 06, 2023

WASHINGTON: US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller has said Secretary of State Tony Blinken has raised with the Indian foreign minister the unsuccessful assassination bid on a prominent Sikh leader in America.

Answering a question at a press conference what message the US had conveyed to India regarding the assassination attempt on the Sikh leader, Miller said it would not be appropriate for him to comment until the Department of Justice completed its investigations.

However, he said, America had made it clear to India that it was taking the matter very seriously. He said India had stated that they were investigating.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to the press in the Treaty Room at the US Department of State in Washington, DC, on August 10, 2023. — AFP

When his attention was drawn to the fact that India had not yet cooperated with the investigations into the murder of a Sikh leader in Canada and when he was asked how hopeful he was that India would now cooperate with America, the State Department spokesperson said his country had told India to cooperate with Canada’s investigations and was waiting for Indian investigations into the Indian conspiracy in America.

H said there couldn’t be speculation about India’s cooperation until the investigations were complete. He refused to go beyond indictment details when asked if India had attacked American sovereignty.