Oz FM to discuss racial attacks, CWG during India visit
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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.


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

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