Aus to brief India on actions taken against racist attacks

Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith has arrived in India for a three day visit to brief the Indian Government on the actions taken by authorities to create a safe and rewarding study environment for Indian students in Australia.

“This is my third visit to India as Minister for Foreign Affairs. My visit to India will advance Australia and India’s bilateral, regional and international cooperation under the framework of the Australia-India Strategic Partnership,” Smith said in a statement.

“During my visit to India, I will also brief the Indian Government on the actions taken by authorities to create a safe and rewarding study environment for Indian students in Australia,” he added.

Smith will meet with Minister for External Affairs S M Krishna to discuss Australia’s and India’s close cooperation in trying to solve the recent problems faced by some Indians in Australia.

The Australian Foreign Minister will also discuss Australia-India education, science and technology links and the importance of trade and agriculture for two countries, as well as discuss the progress in the joint Australia-India Free Trade Agreement feasibility study.

“I will brief the Indian Government on Australia’s recently announced Counter-Terrorism White Paper. I will also seek an update on security arrangements for the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi later this year,” Smith said.

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