Stephen Smith

Lahore attack will compromise future Pak tours: Oz FM

Canberra, Mar. 4 : Tuesday's terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore may have far reaching consequences, as no other international cricket squad would want to visit Pakistan in the near future, Australian Foreign Minister, Stephen Smith has said.

Expressing concern over the deteriorating security scenario in Pakistan, Smith said the world cricket chiefs would have to think carefully before allowing future tours to Pakistan.

"The attack will send shock waves through the cricket community, will send shock waves through the International Cricket Council (ICC)," The News quoted Smith, as saying..

He termed the attack as `atrocious'.

Pak should ensure it doesn''t sponsor terrorism against India: Oz FM

Canberra (Australia), Feb. 28 : Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith has called on Pakistan to make sure it doesn''t sponsor terrorism against India, to shut down Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist networks that operate in the country and make a better effort against the Taliban, besides improving security across the Pakistani-Afghan border.

Smith's statement has been widely welcomed.

According to an editorial in the Australian: " These are absolutely the right things for Smith to say and the right policies for Australia to pursue."

It further goes on to say that Kevin Rudd Government is now reprising the failed policies of the Howard Government towards Pakistan.

Australia promises more anti-Taliban troop training for Pakistan

Australia promises more anti-Taliban troop training for Pakistan Islamabad - Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith on Monday announced a four-fold increase in the numbers of Pakistani government military officers to be trained in Australia.

Speaking at the beginning of a three-day visit to Pakistan, Smith said the decision would "raise the numbers to 40 to 50 officers."

Australia, India committed to nuclear non- proliferation: Australian Foreign Minister

New Delhi, Sept 12: Australia and India remain committed to addressing the critical challenge of nuclear non- proliferation and disarmament visiting Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said on Thursday.

Smith, who is on a five-day visit to India, met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here last evening and is scheduled to meet and discuss bilateral relations with External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday.

Australia in favour of India getting permanent UNSC seat, says FM

New Delhi, Sept 11 : Describing India as a committed champion of multilateralism, Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said on Thursday that New Delhi should be given a permanent seat on a reformed United Nations Security Council, so that the world body reflects the modern international geo-political reality.

He said that the extent to which India will be a rapidly growing is indicative of the positive force and influence it will have on the future of Asia.

Delivering a speech at the Indian Council of World Affairs here, Smith praised India''s ‘Look East’ policy, saying it clearly reflected the country''s growing engagement in Asia.

Australian Foreign Minister on five-day visit to India

New Delhi, Sept. 8 : Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith will visit India from September 8 to September 12. This will be his first visit to India as his country''s Foreign Minister.

Speaking ahead of his visit, Smith said: "My visit reflects Australia’s intention to take India to the front line of its international relationships. In New Delhi, I will meet my counterpart, Minister of External Affairs, Mr Pranab Mukherjee. He and I will continue the broad-ranging and productive talks we had in June when I hosted Mr Mukherjee in Canberra for the fifth Australia-India Foreign Ministers’ Framework Dialogue."