Saturday, May 25, 2024

India summons senior-most UK diplomat over pulling down of Indian flag at London mission

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New Delhi: India summoned British deputy high commissioner and demanded an explanation over the complete “absence of security” after videos of pulling down of the Indian flag at the Indian mission in London during a protest by pro-Khalistan elements emerged on social media.

In a strongly-worded statement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said India finds “unacceptable” the indifference of the UK government to the security of Indian diplomatic premises and personnel in the UK.

British Deputy High Commissioner Christina Scott was summoned to the MEA in view of the incident as High Commissioner Alex Ellis was out of Delhi, sources said.

“The senior-most UK diplomat in New Delhi was summoned late evening today to convey India’s strong protest at the actions taken by separatist and extremist elements against the Indian High Commission in London earlier in the day,” the MEA said.

“An explanation was demanded for the complete absence of the British security that allowed these elements to enter the high commission premises,” it said.

The MEA said the diplomat was reminded of the basic obligations of the UK government under the Vienna Convention.

PTI

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