Krishna says Australia will provide adequate security to Indians

Krishna says Australia will provide adequate security to Indians

Melbourne: External affairs minister S M Krishna on Saturday told members of the Indian community here that Australian leadership has assured him of providing adequate security to Indian students and said he was satisfied with Canberra’s response.

Krishna, who met with the Indian community members, including some of the students who were subjected to racial attacks, said Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his counterpart Stephen Smith had on Friday assured him that the well being and security of Indians will be taken care of.

“We appreciate the fact that they have stepped up police patrolling in the problematic areas and have taken several other measures to deal with the safety issue," he said.

“I have underlined that these things should be kept in place as long as they are needed. The two task force that have been set up is examining the various issues related to the well-being of international students in Australia, including those from India," Krishna said.

The minister said a specially designated student welfare officers will be available in Indian High Commission and Consulates in Australia who will focus on issues related to Indian students.

“The officers will also be available every Friday for Indian students. The students and community members can discuss any issues with them," he said.