India has reportedly halted trade talks with the UK due to concerns over Sikh extremists in the country. The talks were set to take place this week as part of a post-Brexit trade deal between the two nations.
According to reports, the Indian government raised concerns with the UK about the presence of Sikh extremists in the country. The Indian government has accused some Sikh groups in the UK of supporting separatist movements in India.
The UK government has expressed its commitment to upholding the law and has assured India that it will take action against any individuals or groups found to be promoting violence or extremism.
The UK has a significant Sikh population, with over 700,000 Sikhs living in the country. The Sikh community in the UK has a long history of activism and has been involved in various political and social movements.
The Indian government’s decision to halt trade talks with the UK is likely to have an impact on the post-Brexit trade deal between the two countries. India is one of the largest markets for UK exports outside the EU and is a significant trading partner for the UK.
The UK has been seeking to secure post-Brexit trade deals with countries outside the EU, including India. Moreover, the trade talks were seen as an opportunity to strengthen economic ties between the two countries and increase trade and investment.
Further, the UK government has stated that it remains committed to working with India on trade and economic issues. The UK has also expressed its willingness to address any concerns raised by India about the presence of Sikh extremists in the country.