While highlighting how the Indian community was making a significant contribution to the society and economy of Australia, Modi said it was a matter of regret that attacks on temples had been regularly reported over the past few weeks.
“It is natural that such news worries the people in India, and disturbs our mind. I have shared these feelings and concerns of ours with PM Albanese. And he has assured me that the safety of the Indian community is a special priority for him,” said Modi in his remarks at a joint press meet with Albanese. “Our teams will be in regular touch on this topic, and will cooperate as much as possible,” he added.
India has repeatedly taken up with Australian authorities the attacks on temples by pro-Khalistan elements who are also carrying out, like in Canada, a Khalistan referendum. Australia, however, has assured India that the referendum has no legal standing.
PM Modi raises attacks on temples with Australian PM Albanese
Foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra later said there were discussions on the disturbances caused by pro-Khalistan groups in Australia, adding Modi expressed strong concern on the incidents of vandalism and violence targeting the Indian community and temples in that country.
Kwatra said Albanese assured Modi that his government had a deep understanding and appreciation of India’s concerns and will be taking all necessary measures to ensure that peace and harmony prevails in the society.
“Our concerns and our sentiments were shared very frankly with the prime minister of Australia who in-turn assured that they would look into this and take whatever is the suitable measures they need to take to address and mitigate this challenge,” Kwatra said.
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