Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese discussed disturbances created by pro-Khalistani outfits in Australia and the later PM assured that his government will be taking all necessary measures to ensure that peace and harmony prevail.
"Issues relating to the Indian diaspora in Australia also came up for discussions between the two Prime Ministers of significance in our people-to-people ties, also discussions on disturbances created by pro-Khalistani outfits in Australia," Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra informed while addressing a press conference on Friday.
Prime Minister Modi expressed strong concern about the incidence of vandalism and violence targeting the Indian community and temples in Australia.
"Prime Minister Albanese assured Prime Minister Modi that his government has a deep understanding and appreciation of India's concern and will be taking all necessary measures to ensure that peace and harmony prevail in their society, Kwatra informed further.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that the Australian PM has assured of Indian community's safety after incidents of vandalism of temples.
"It is a matter of regret that reports of attacks on temples have come regularly from Australia over the past few weeks. It is natural that such news worries everyone in India, disturbs our mind," PM Modi said while addressing the media.
"Since the last few weeks, news of attacks on temples in Australia are coming regularly. It is natural that such news worries people in India. I have raised these concerns with Prime Minister Albanese who has assured me that the safety of the Indian community is a special priority for him," PM Modi said during India-Australia: Exchange of Agreements and Press Statements on Friday.
"I conveyed these feelings and concerns to Prime Minister Albanese and he has assured me that the safety of the Indian community is of special priority for him. Our teams will be in regular contact on this matter, and will cooperate as much as possible," the PM Modi added.
The PM while speaking alongside Australian PM Anthony Albanese, said: "On this subject, our teams will be in regular touch and will cooperate as best as possible. It is important to deal with such challenges and global well-being.
"The PM said that the Indian diaspora is now the second-largest immigrant community in Australia. "This Indian community is contributing a lot to the society and economy of Australia," the PM said.
PM Modi said he expressed gratitude to the Australian PM for the country's cooperation in India's G20 chairmanship.PM Modi said that at the G20 Summit in September, he will again have the opportunity to welcome the Australian PM to India.
"Once again, a very warm welcome to the Prime Minister in India. I am sure that his visit will give new momentum and momentum to our relations," the PM said.
Australian PM Anthony Albanese on Wednesday arrived in Ahmedabad on a state visit to India.
Albanese who is on an official visit to India from March 8-11, was welcomed by Gujarat Chief Minister Patel.
The Indian High Commission in Canberra recently condemned the "deeply disturbing" incidents of vandalisation of three Hindu temples in Melbourne and asked the Australian Government to ensure the safety and security of members of the Indian community and their properties in the country.
In January, ISKCON's Hare Krishna Temple was vandalized in Melbourne's Albert Park area. Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple in Carrum Downs was vandalized on January 16 and BAPS Swaminarayan Temple in the Mill Park area on January 12.
"The High Commission of India strongly condemns the deeply disturbing incidents of vandalisation, including of three Hindu temples in Melbourne in recent weeks. The frequency and impunity with which the vandals appear to be operating are alarming, as are the graffiti which includes glorification of anti-Indian terrorists," read a release issued by the Indian High Commission in Canberra on its official Twitter handle @HCICanberra.
The commission said that these vandalisation incidents are clear attempts to sow hatred and division among the peaceful multi-faith and multi-cultural Indian-Australian community. (ANI)