Oz FM to discuss racial attacks, CWG during India visit

Last Updated: Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 18:42

Melbourne: Australia`s Foreign Affairs
Minister Stephen Smith is heading to India on Monday to discuss
with Indian authorities the security preparation for the
Commonwealth Games and the issue of attacks on Indians here.

On his second visit to India since last year, Smith will
meet government officials in New Delhi to discuss the October
Games and will also watch Australia compete in the Hockey
World Cup in the national capital.

Smith leaves Perth for the subcontinent tomorrow on a
three-day trip during which he would brief Indian government
on actions taken by Australia to ensure a safe environment for
Indian students.

"At government or official level, there is very much an
understanding that behind these attacks is not an
all-pervading racism," Smith was quoted as saying by AAP.

Smith also said in a statement that he would brief the
Indian government "on actions taken by authorities to create a
safe and rewarding study environment for Indian students in
Australia".

"I will meet with Minister for External Affairs S M
Krishna, following on from our meeting in London in January,"
the foreign minister said.

There has been a flurry of visits by top Australian
dignitaries, including Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and deputy
Prime Minister and Education Minister Julia Gillard, in the
past year to reassure New Delhi that Australia was a safe
destination for Indians.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 18:42

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