India’s request to Australia to withdraw travel advisory falls on deaf ears

Australia has rejected India’s demand to withdraw the travel advisory issued by them.

India had asked Australia, New Zealand and Canada to withdraw the issuance of such notices which have “disproportionate” language and were contrary to the current tourist trend, television reports stated.

Australia, however, has refused to withdraw the notice saying that it was “routine”. Australia’s foreign minister Kevin Rudd said, “We don’t have any specific threats to share with India.”

Earlier, minister of external affairs SM Krishna, who is in Australia to attend the CHOGM Foreign Ministers Meeting, held talks with his Australian, Kiwi and Canadian counterparts and raised the issue in detail, official sources told PTI.

Krishna had asked his Australian counterpart Kevin Rudd to withdraw the issuance of travel advisory for tourists traveling to India.

“The language in advisory is rather disproportionate and contrary to the current trend of tourism to India,” he told Rudd.

Responding to Krishna, Rudd had said such advisories were “routine” advice and “we do not have any information of any specific threat to share with India.”

Meanwhile, during Krishna’s meetings with his Kiwi counterpart Murray McCully, New Zealand had assured it will look into the matter, sources said.

McCully said the advisory was meant to make his citizens aware to avoid all rallies and demonstrations.

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