India’s top diplomat has steered clear of his country’s row with Canada over the killing of a Sikh separatist leader when he addressed the U.N. General Assembly meeting of world leaders

India’s top diplomat steered clear of his country’s row with Canada over the killing of a Sikh separatist leader but made an oblique swipe at how other countries respond to “terrorism” as he addressed world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.

Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar mainly used his speech to champion India’s growing global stature and leadership ambitions, highlight its recent turn chairing the Group of 20 industrialized nations and steering a meaty summit meeting earlier this month.

But he also said that the world must not “countenance that political convenience determines responses to terrorism, extremism and violence.”

India has often lashed out at Pakistan at the United Nations over what New Delhi sees as sponsoring terrorism. But this time, the comment could also be seen as a swipe at Canada, whose representative is scheduled to speak later Tuesday at the U.N.

Ties between the two countries have plunged to their lowest point in years after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last week that India may have been involved in the June killing of a Canadian citizen in a Vancouver suburb.

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