Krishna to leave for Australia; no signs of his being replaced

External Affairs Minister SM Krishna is proceeding with his Australia visit from Tuesday, notwithstanding media speculation that he might be one of the affected ministers in the possible cabinet reshuffle.

Last Updated: Jan 17, 2011, 22:10 PM IST

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister SM Krishna is proceeding with his Australia visit from Tuesday, notwithstanding media speculation that he might be one of the affected ministers in the possible cabinet reshuffle.

Krishna is leaving tomorrow on a three-day visit for the third round of the framework dialogue with his Australian counterpart Kevin Rudd in Melbourne during which the two leaders will take stock of bilateral ties in key spheres,
including, security, energy and economic cooperation.

His visit comes amidst media speculation that he could be one of the senior ministers to be affected by the possible cabinet reshuffle later this week. However, his going ahead with his travel plans, which would have received permission from the Prime Minister, signifies that he might not be one of
the affected parties in the possible reshuffle.

During the bilateral meeting, the two sides are expected to discuss a host of bilateral, regional and global issues, including closer collaboration on security issues in Asia and in multilateral economic groupings like G20.

Apart from discussing ways to further cooperation between the two countries in business and trade, Krishna would also like to know about the steps taken by the Australian government to prevent attacks against Indian students.

Krishna is also likely to call on Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

PTI