Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Australian foreign minister meets Chidambaram, discusses attacks, Commonwealth Games security

Issues related to the attacks on Indians in Australia and security for the upcoming Commonwealth Games to be held here came up for discussion as Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith met home minister P Chidambaram today.

During the meeting, Smith apprised Chidambaram about the steps being taken by his government to prevent attacks on Indians and punish those responsible for earlier assaults, sources said.

The Australian minister told Chidambaram that 70 cases have been filed in regard with the attacks on Indians, many of which were racist in nature, the sources said.

The home minister, in turn, conveyed to Smith India's expectations about ensuring safety and security of its nationals there.

The two leaders also discussed issues related to the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty which was signed in July 2008 but is yet to be ratified, the sources said.

Security for the Commonwealth Games to be held here in October also came up for discussion, with Chidambaram assuring the visiting leader that adequate measures were being taken to ensure that the event passes off smoothly.

Earlier, Smith visited Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the main venue of the Games, and saw the preparations.

"I was impressed with the preparations being undertaken across New Delhi. I was pleased to be advised that the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium will be ready for the Commonwealth Games," he said in a statement later.

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