Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said the country shared the "credible allegation" that India agents were potentially involved in the murder of a Khalistani terrorist in British Columbia with New Delhi "weeks ago".
"Canada has shared the credible allegations that I talked about on Monday with India. We did that many weeks ago," Trudeau was quoted by Reuters as having said at a press conference in Ottawa.
"We are there to work constructively with India. We hope that they engage with us so that we can get to the bottom of this very serious matter," he was quoted as having said.
Earlier, Canada’s PM Trudeau had said that Ottawa had a "credible allegation" linking Indian government agents to the murder of a terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in June, prompting an angry reaction from New Delhi.
Khalistani terrorist Nijjar, 45, was a "Canadian citizen", asserted Trudeau.
However, Trudeau has not provided any details about what Canada's spy agencies have collected and his office has not confirmed or denied the state-media report.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday the United States wanted to see "accountability" over the killing.
"We are deeply concerned about the allegations that Prime Minister Trudeau has raised," Blinken told reporters in a press briefing.
The White House has raised similar concerns, but Blinken is the most senior US official to have commented on the issue thus far.
"We have been consulting throughout very closely with our Canadian colleagues, not just consulting but coordinating with them on this issue," Blinken said.
"It would be important that India work with the Canadians on this investigation. We want to see accountability," he added.