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India raises the issue of 'disproportionate' travel advisories

Last updated on: October 26, 2011 19:19 IST

Taking serious note of the travel advisories against it, India on Wednesday raised the issue with Australia, New Zealand and Canada asking them to withdraw issuance of such notices which have "disproportionate" language and were contrary to the current tourist trend.

Minister of External Affairs S M Krishna, who is in Perth 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 asked his Australian counterpart Kevin Rudd to withdraw 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 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 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.

Later in his bilateral meeting with New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully, Krishna raised the issue of travel advisories.

McCully assured Krishna that he will look into the matter, saying "the advisory is an awareness to avoid all rallies and demonstrations."

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