Stay away from Australia: Preneet Kaur

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Stay away from Australia: Preneet Kaur
New Delhi, Jan 29: Alarmed by the unabated attacks on Indians in Australia, Minister of State for External Affairs, Preneet Kaur has asked the Indian students to stay away from the country on Friday, Jan 29.

"We are doing all that we can. An advisory has been issued not to visit Australia," Preneet Kaur said.

Kaur said that the government is urging the Australian authorities to expedite probe into the attacks and find out the reasons behind the upsurge in such attacks.

"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," Kaur said.

Briefing about the upcoming meeting between foreign ministers of the countries over the issue, Kaur said the Australians are now more open to investigation.

"I think they (Australians) are open now to investigation taking place because of the meeting between foreign minister S.M. Krishna and his counterpart in London. 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," she said.

Foreign Minister SM Krishna has reportedly conveyed the country's concern to his Australian counterpart Stephen Smith, over the unabated attacks on India's despite repeated assurance.

Krishna has reportedly told Smith that non addressal of the attacks on Indians, which has gathered public resentment could cast shadows on bilateral relations.

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