Australian Foreign Minister announces grant for child nutrition

K. R. Srivats New Delhi | Updated on January 23, 2018 Published on April 13, 2015

Begins three-day India visit

Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop kicked off her three-day official trip to India by visiting an Australian Government-funded project in Nizamuddin Basti here on Monday.

At the Nizamuddin Basti, she announced a grant of Rs 7.5 lakhs to the Aga Khan Foundation for supporting child nutrition through a women’s group — Zaika-e-Nizammudin — managed by the foundation.

Speaking on the occasion, Bishop said, "Investing in women is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do".

This is the second round of funding to the Aga Khan Foundation from the Australian Government through its High Commission here under its ‘direct aid’ programme. The first happened last year.

Bishop also noted that the India-Australia relationship is at an "unprecedently high level" now.

This gesture (aid for women empowerment) underpins the deep friendship and partnership that exists between the two countries, Bishop said.

"It is in their respective interests that both countries grow and prosper", she said.

Later today, Bishop is expected to meet Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at North Block in the Capital.

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Published on April 13, 2015
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