Rishi Sunak: “No Acceptance of Any Form of Extremism or Violence,” British PM’s Firm Stance on Khalistan Issue

Rishi Sunak: “No Acceptance of Any Form of Extremism or Violence,” British PM’s Firm Stance on Khalistan Issue

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak arrived in New Delhi on Friday for the G20 Summit, which is set to commence on Saturday. Prime Minister Sunak expressed his commitment to working with global leaders to address challenges that affect each of them. He was warmly welcomed at the airport by Central Minister Ashwini Choubey, British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis, and senior diplomats, along with his wife Akshata Murthy.

During a subsequent media interaction, PM Sunak addressed the issue of Khalistan and firmly stated that the UK would not tolerate any form of extremism or violence, referring specifically to “PKM,” Khalistani supporter extremism. He stated, “This is indeed an important issue. I want to be very clear that extremism or violence of any kind is not acceptable in the UK. That’s why we are working closely with the Indian government to tackle ‘PKM’ Khalistani extremist support.”

He went on to say, “Our Home Secretary has been in touch with his counterparts in India recently. We have mechanisms for sharing intelligence and other information to tackle violent extremism like this. It’s not right, and I won’t tolerate it in the UK.”

Regarding the UK-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations, Prime Minister Sunak mentioned that both he and Prime Minister Modi are keen on seeing a comprehensive and ambitious trade agreement between their two countries. He acknowledged that while significant progress had been made, there was still hard work ahead in trade negotiations.

On the Ukraine-Russia issue, Sunak expressed his intention to shed light on the devastating impact of Russia’s illegal incursions worldwide, especially on food prices. He highlighted that Russia recently withdrew from grain trading, causing a spike in food prices, which has adversely affected millions of people globally. He reiterated the UK’s commitment to addressing these issues and supporting Ukraine.

When asked about India’s position on Russia and Ukraine, Sunak clarified that it was not his role to advise India on how to navigate international issues, but he knows that India values international law, the United Nations Charter, and regional integrity. He emphasized that these are universal values, and he believes India shares these principles.

Regarding the G20 theme, “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” (the world is one family), Prime Minister Sunak stated that it is an excellent topic. He noted that when you say “one family,” he considers himself an example, being of Indian origin and living in the UK. He expressed the hope that during his stay in India over the next few days, he would have the opportunity to visit a temple. He mentioned that as Raksha Bandhan recently took place, he received a Rakhi from his sisters. He did not have the opportunity to celebrate Janmashtami properly, but he hopes to make amends if he visits a temple during his stay. He reiterated that faith is something that helps everyone who holds it in their life.

He concluded by saying, “I’m a proud Hindu, and that’s how I’ve been brought up, and that’s who I am. I hope in the next few days during my stay here, I can pay a visit to a temple. I think faith is something that helps everyone who has it in their life.”

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