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ELEANOR HALL: Australia's Foreign Minister Stephen Smith must be getting used to flying to India.

Since becoming the Foreign Minister, he's visited three times mostly to repair the damage done to
Australia's reputation by a series of attacks on Indian students in Australia.

But there's more on his agenda for his latest trip to New Delhi.

Mr Smith is also in town to check out the city's preparations for the Commonwealth Games ... and to
see if security will be up to scratch.

Michael Edwards has this report from New Delhi.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: (Sound of crowd cheering) Stephen Smith watched Australia play India in the Hockey
World Cup last night. The Kookaburras won but it's unlikely the Foreign Minister would have been
gloating as he's here on a goodwill mission to rebuild Australia's reputation which has been badly
damaged by a series of assaults on Indian students.

STEPHEN SMITH: And it's good to more deeply imbed our relationship by building on things that we
have in common; whether it's sport or culture.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: It's Stephen Smith's third visit to India as Foreign Minister. The attacks on
Indian students have put a strain on the relationship between Canberra and New Delhi as well as
Australia's multi-billion dollar international student market.

Mr Smith was quick to reinforce the Australian Government's stance that the violence is
unacceptable and the Indian students are welcome.

STEPHEN SMITH: We have zero tolerance for assaults on any individual in Australia. We have zero
tolerance for assaults on Indians in Australia. We have zero tolerance for assaults on anyone else
who comes to Australia.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: But the student issue isn't the only thing on the Foreign Minister's agenda this
time.

He's also in town to assess New Delhi's preparations for the Commonwealth Games, which are to be
held in October.

STEPHEN SMITH: Very pleased to see the inspection of the main stadium and very pleased to be
advised that the facility will be ready on time. As I'm here for the next couple of days I'll have
conversations with my counterpart and also with Indian officials to receive up-to-date advice on
the security coordination and cooperation so far as the Games are concerned.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: Stephen Smith is set to recevice a security briefing from his Indian counterpart
S.M. Krishna later today. The Indian Government insists its security will be up to the job at the
Commonwealth Games.

But New Delhi security expert, Arun Bhagat, says the Games do represent a significant target for
terror groups.

ARUN BHAGAT: Because they want publicity. Terrorism thrives on publicity and that is what they want
- they want news. And given the fact there will be representation from more than 60, 70 countries
and the world press will be here, it will be covered really widely by the electronic media, so
obviously they would see it as an opportunity to do something.

And that may be small, that may be big, depending on how much opportunity the security forces give
them. So there is a threat, there's no doubt about it.

ELEANOR HALL: That's Indian security expert Arun Bhagat ending Michael Edwards' report.