"Canadian Minister has high regards for India"

External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Friday said that the visa row with Canada is a "closed chapter" after the latter has regretted the remarks made by its visa officials against officials of Indian security agencies.

"We have received a copy of the statement made by Jason Kenny, Canadian Minister for Citizenship and Emigration. He has expressed high regards for India. They have deeply regretted the recent letter drafted by low level officials on routine visa applications casting aspersions on security forces," Mr. Krishna said in Bangalore while reading out the statement received from the Canadian authorities.

He also said that the Canadian Government has made it clear that "the language used by Canadian visa processing officials is no way reflects the policy or perceptions of Canada about India.

"I think they have realised their mistakes. We should consider the chapter closed," said Mr. Krishna.

The Canadian Government issued clarification after the Ministry of External Affairs had described the episode of denial of visa to the retired officials associated with Indian security forces and use of derogatory remarks against them and the organisations in which they served.

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