Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held in-depth talks with his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese, aimed at strengthening ties between the two countries in the areas of renewable energy, trade and defence. Prime Minister Modi said the two leaders also discussed the incidents of temple vandalism in Australia.
“Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and I have in the past discussed the issue of the attack on temples in Australia and the activities of separatist elements. We also discussed the issue today,” Prime Minister Modi said. .
He said the Australian Prime Minister had assured him of strict action against those who engage in such vandalism.
“We will not accept anything that harms the friendly and warm ties between India and Australia by their actions or thoughts. Prime Minister Albanese assured me once again today that he will also take strict measures against such elements in the future,” he said. .
In March, a major Hindu temple in Brisbane, the Shree Laxmi Narayan Temple, was attacked by pro-Khalistan supporters. This is the fourth act of vandalism against Hindu temples in two months in Australia.
On January 16, the Shri Shiva Vishnu temple at Carrum Downs in Australia was vandalized with anti-Hindu graffiti.
On January 12, the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Mill Park, Australia was smeared with anti-Indian and anti-Hindu graffiti. The temple was vandalized by anti-Indian elements with anti-Indian slogans written on the walls of the temple, located in the suburb of Mill Park, The Australia Today reported.
Ahead of the talks, Prime Minister Modi received a ceremonial guard of honor at Admiralty House in Sydney.
The talks came a day after Prime Minister Modi addressed the Indian community at a rally in Sydney which was also attended by Albanians.