Canberra (Australia), June 1 (ANI): Reiterating that Australia is committed to developing a stronger and closer ties with India, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told members of the Australian Parliament on Monday that his government deplored and condemned the recent attacks on Indian students in Australia.
“I speak on behalf of all Australians when I say that we deplore and condemn these attacks. These are senseless acts of violence. Those who carry out these attacks stand condemned,” Rudd said in his address.
Briefing members of parliament about his telephone conversation with Indian o Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Rudd said that he had told him that his government is “working closely with state governments to ensure that the perpetrators of these crimes are brought to justice and that government agencies are responding to these crimes to protect all students and others in our community.”
“I said to Prime Minister Singh that the more than 90,000 Indian students in Australia are welcome guests in our country. I also said that the more than 200,000 Australians of Indian descent are welcome members of the Australian family. Australia is a country of great diversity, harmony and tolerance,” he added.
He described Dr. Singh as a friend of Australia, and an inspiring leader of his nation and welcomed his historic second term victory.
“The election (in India) itself was another reminder of India’s achievements as the world’s largest democracy. I look forward to working with Prime Minister Singh in the years ahead as we take our relationship with India to the front rank of our international relations. We have many common interests – those of history; those of the present; and those of the future as two Indian Ocean democracies,” Rudd said.
“The more than 200,000-strong Indian community in Australia has a long history of remarkable contribution to our nation. In recent months, there have been a number of attacks on young Indians studying or working on Australia – in particular three recent attacks in Melbourne involving six young Indians. We are a multicultural nation and we respect and embrace diversity – diversity which has enriched our nation. That is why these recent acts of violence are all the more deplorable. They are equally unacceptable. And deserve to be met with the full force of the law,” Rudd said. (ANI)