Australian PM assures Indian students` safety

Australian PM Kevin Rudd said his govt is committed to ensure safety to all international students.

New Delhi: Australian Prime Minister Kevin
Rudd on Thursday said his government is committed to taking every
"physically possible" step to ensure that all international
students in his country remain safe.

"The Australian government is committed to do all that
is physically possible to ensure that all international
students in Australia have safe and rewarding experience,"
he said at a luncheon meeting hosted by industry chambers CII,
FICCI and Assocham here.

Rudd said Indian students represent the future of
India-Australia business ties and they are "welcome guests in
our country...We have an obligation to extend the hand of
friendship and support to all Indian students".

India`s External Affairs Ministry spokesperson had said
yesterday that "Safety and security of Indian students and
people of Indian origin is of highest importance...
unfortunately attacks have recurred in the last week or so."

Indian students have been the target of racial attacks in
Australia. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs
Minister S M Krishna have already taken up the issue with

Bureau Report