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Krishna Meets Smith For Second Time In Two Days H S Rao

PTI 28 Jan 2010, 21:45:18 IST
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As attacks against Indians continued unabated in Australia, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Thursday  met his Australian counterpart Stephen Smith for the second time in two days and is understood to have conveyed displeasure over the assaults.

Krishna met Smith here on the sidelines of the conference on Afghanistan hosted by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.  During the meeting, Krishna is understood to have conveyed India's displeasure over continuing attacks against the community members despite assurances from the Australian Government.  Ahead of the meeting, Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur in New Delhi expressed "dismay" at the continuing attacks against Indians.  

This is the second time Krishna is meeting Smith in two days as the two held discussions yesterday on the attacks against Indians.  Today's meeting came as four more Indian youths were attacked in Brisbane.  "Four more attacks on Indians in Brisbane, Queensland, took place," Sky News reported, without identifying victims.

"Three of them have been directed at cab drivers, one who told how he was punched and dragged from his taxi," it said.  The fourth victim was a 23-year-old pizza delivery boy who was bashed up with a cricket bat and robbed while making a delivery in Brisbane. PTI