External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was also present in the meeting.
The meeting was mainly to discuss issues relating to illegal migration. In this context, the Australian minister mentioned that a boat with 157 persons onboard was seized by the Australian authorities in the last week of June, 2014.
The Union Home Minister stated that India, as a matter of policy, does not support any kind of illegal migration either into its own territory or illegal migration of its citizens to foreign territories.
The Indian side sought Consular access and emphasised the importance of handling such cases in a legal and humanitarian manner, ensuring that no harm befalls anyone, especially minor children.