India, Philippines to sign pact in counter-terrorism

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New Delhi, Oct 3 (UNI) India and the Philippines will sign five agreements including one on cooperation in counter-terrorism during the three-day State visit of Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo beginning tomorrow.

The visit, aimed at boosting the sagging political and trade ties between the two countries, is the first by a Philippines President to India during the past ten years, the last being that of Fidel Ramos in 1997.

India's 'Look East Policy' is also expeceted to get a boost with the visit, officials here said.

The Philippines President will have discussions with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on October 5. The two sides will also have delegation-level talks on boosting trade and political ties.

The two countries will sign five agreements on boosting ties in trade and culture, an official of the Philippines embassy here said.

A bilateral air agreement will also be signed to boost tourism between the two countries.

Another main purpose of her visit is to secure the availability of inexpensive medicines from India, the officials said.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee will call on the visiting dignitary on October 5.

She will address a luncheon meeting with the representatives of Indian industry including the CII, FICCI and ASSOCHAM.

In the evening, Vice President Hamid Ansari will call on the Philippines President which will be followed by a meeting with President Pratibha Patil.

Mrs Arroyo will leave for Philippines on October six in the afternoon.


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