By Pallavi Jain, Jai Bhardwaj and Amit Sarwal
Australia has assured India that it will continue to take strong action against elements that want to disrupt the strong and deep ties between the two countries. India has also mentioned that Australia India ties are extensive and will not be allowed to be affected by such elements.
In reference to the Khalistan menace, India’s Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra has said that whatever both governments have to do to clamp down on such disruptive elements we will do.
Mr Kwatra said in a press conference in Sydney that with regards to attacks on temples and other such activities that are disruptive to the relationship these were discussed between the two Prime Ministers earlier during PM Albanese’s visit to India and today also.
“As you heard the honourable Prime Minister say in his press remarks that the attack on the temples and the activities of the other separatist elements, these were discussed between the two Prime Ministers…”
He mentioned that from the discussions from last time to this time the progress is clearly reflected in the fact that PM Modi thanked PM Albanese for the action the Government of Australia has taken not just in making correct appreciation of the nature of such activities but also against the elements which perpetrated such attacks.
Mr Kwatra added that PM Modi said that India Australia ties are very strong, deep and extensive and we will not allow these friendly ties to be disrupted by such elements. PM Modi also thanked PM Albanese for his assurance that Australia will continue to take strong actions against such elements that want to disrupt the India Australia partnership.
This is an area where the relevant department of the two countries will remain in touch with each other so that they can closely coordinate whenever information on such a thing arises and needs to be exchanged so that timely action can be taken on it, added the Indian Foreign Secretary.
Meanwhile Foreign Minister Penny Wong once again reiterated the importance of the Australia India partnership.