India closely monitoring situation in Egypt: Krishna

India was 'closely' monitoring the situation in Egypt, Union External Affairs minsiter, S M Krishna, on Monday said.
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Updated on Jan 31, 2011 08:53 PM IST
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India was 'closely' monitoring the situation in Egypt, Union external affairs minsiter, S M Krishna, on Monday said.

"We are closely monitoring the situation. The government of India's view is that developments in Egypt is an 'internal matter' of that country", Krishna told reporters.

"We have very cordinal relations with the government of Egypt. What is happening there is an internal affair of that country and we do not intend to invovle in the matter of other country", he said when asked to comment on the situation in Egypt.

The Union Governmet was willing to provide all help, including air travel facilties, to the Indians who want to come back from trouble torn Egypt, he said.

Krishna said he had spoken to the Indian ambassador in Egypt and had been told that two plane loads of women and choldren have landed at mumbai and New Delhi. All Indian are safe in Egypt. About 3200 Indians are in Egypt of which about 2000 are in cairo, he said.

"We are in close touch with our embassy. Government of India is willing to provide all help to those who want to come back including their air travel facilties", he said.

On the Plight of hundreds of Indian students of California's Tri Valley University, Krishna said the issue had been taken up with the US officials.

Demanding 'fair and proper treatment' of the students, who want to come back, he said "they should not be deported and be allowed to go home honourably". If they want to pursue their studies in other universities, they should be allowed to do so, he said adding the students should have full access to legal remedies.

"All our students should be treated with courtesy and honourably sent back if they want to return", he said.

In the general set up of universities there has been number of cases where certain universties which are 'bogus' in nature try to attract amenable students and take them for a ride. One such university was Tri valley and our ambassador has taken up the matter with washington, he said.

There are 100,000 Indian students in US universities and the bi-lateral cooperation between US and India should not be affected by this incident, he said.

When asked about BJP's allegation that the Central Government was 'insensitive' and 'casual' attitude towards the killing of Indian fishermen by Sri lankan navy, the minister the fact that Foreign secretary, Nirupama Rao rushed to Colombo shows the importance and priority the government has given to the issue.

The foreign secretary has returned and he would meeting her tomorrow, he said.

"The Union government was committed to safeguard the intersts of Indian fishermen", he said.

The minister said India does not want to discourage studetns from going outside the country to pursue higher studies. "But India is fast emerging as an educaional hub. Thre are number of universities in our country which has been attractign foreign students", he said. "So those wanting to puruse their studies in US, Australia, china or Russia, we are willing to provide all necessary help", he said.

The situation of Indian students in Australia had vastly improved. 'When I went there in 2009, there was quite a bit of anxiety to government of India and the parents of students.

"This year there has been qualitative improvement in the general atmosphere", he said.

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