Don't visit Australia for now: Preneet Kaur



Don`t visit Australia for now: Preneet Kaur Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: In the wake of unabated attacks against Indians in Australia, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs on Friday cautioned Indian students against visiting Down Under for the moment.

Terming the attacks on Indians as "unfortunate", Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur said, "It is not acceptable and the Indian government will do whatever is required". She also said that Australia, being a sovereign nation, is also doing its part.

The minister further said, India is hopeful that "something will come out" from the investigations into attacks on Indians in Australia.

“We are pressurising the Australian government to find the reasons behind the attacks, why have they happened and how they have happened. The reasons behind them (attacks) should be investigated.”

"We are hopeful that something will come out from the investigations that are taking place on the attacks on Indians in Australia," said Kaur, who placed a wreath on Ranjodh Singh’s body, who was killed in Australia late last month.

“I think they (Australians) are open now to investigation taking place because of the meeting between Foreign Minister SM Krishna and his counterpart in London,” said Preneet Kaur.

“The first meeting of the joint working group will be over the weekend in the state of Victoria. The attacks on taxi drivers are also something not really acceptable to us Indians and the Indian government.”

On Thursday, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna conveyed displeasure over the assaults to his Australian counterpart Stephen Smith.

Krishna met Smith in London on the sidelines of a conference on Afghanistan hosted by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

It was the second time Krishna met Smith in two days as the duo held discussions on the attacks against Indians. Krishna had met Smith on Wednesday as well and had conveyed that these attacks were worrisome as the Indian community members appeared to have been singled out and it was becoming increasingly difficult to accept these attacks as mere opportunistic crimes devoid of any racial motives.

On Wednesday, Krishna had said that Canberra has set up a high level group to check such assaults to curb a spate of attacks on Indian students in Australia.

India has been of the view that the assaults were racially-motivated. Australian authorities have, however, been cautious to toe this line.

According to Krishna, there have been 12 episodes in the past four weeks. Smith also assured Krishna that community policing has been stepped up and patrolling by regular police increased at night.