India, Australia Vow Strict Action Against Temple Vandalism

New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held wide-ranging talks with his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese, aimed at boosting the ties between the two countries in areas of renewable energy, trade and defence. PM Modi said that the two leaders also spoke about the incidents of vandalism of temples in Australia.

“PM Anthony Albanese and I have in the past discussed the issue of attack on temples in Australia and activities of separatist elements. We discussed the matter today also,” PM Modi said.

He said that the Australian PM had assured him of strict action against those indulging in such vandalism.

“We will not accept any elements that harm the friendly and warm ties between the India-Australia relationship by their action or thoughts. PM Albanese assured me once again today that he will take strict actions against such elements in the future also,” he said.

In March, a prominent Hindu temple in Brisbane, Shree Laxmi Narayan Temple, was attacked by pro-Khalistan supporters. This was the fourth incident of vandalism against Hindu temples in two months in Australia.

Ahead of the talks, PM Modi was accorded a ceremonial guard of honour at the Admiralty House here.

The talks took place a day after PM Modi addressed the Indian community at a rally in Sydney that was also attended by Albanese.

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