Australia raises non payment of CWG dues during Krishna's visit

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna flew back to New Delhi today after attending the seventh round of the Foreign Minsters' framework dialogue.
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Updated on Jan 21, 2011 12:07 PM IST
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External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Friday flew back to New Delhi after attending the seventh round of the Foreign Minsters' framework dialogue. The dialogue centred around regional and bilateral discussions with his Australian counterpart, Kevin Rudd and other leaders.

During his three day official visit, Krishna met Rudd, several senior officials and leaders of the country, including, new Victorian premier Ted Beilluei and Energy and Resources Minister Martin Ferguson.

During his meetings with the two ministers, Krishna raised the issue of India's standing request to Australia for sale of uranium to generate clean energy. While the Australian government refused to reverse its policy as India is a non signatory to the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT), it also embarrassed Krishna over the non payment of dues to Australian companies for Delhi Commonwealth Games related work.

Krishna on Thursday assured Australia that he would go back and raise the issue with the sports ministry.

Over Australia's stand on uranium, Krishna said he was not disappointed over its refusal as India understood the Australian stand was not India specific and that it was well respected. Krishna also raised the issue of safety and security of Indian students in the country and expressed his satisfaction over efforts taken by the Australian government.

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