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Australia PM arrives

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Mar 5 (UNI) Australian Prime Minister John Howard arrived here tonight on a four-day visit to India.

Mr Howard, who was accompanied by his wife Janette Howard, was received at the airport by Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma.

During his visit, he will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath, Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed and the Leader of the Opposition L K Advani.

The Australian Prime Minister and his business delegation will also attend a business summit organised by CII/Assocham/FICCI.

A number of agreements will be signed tomorrow, including an MoU on Customs Cooperation, a Trade and Economic Framework, MoU on Defence Cooperation, an MoU on Cooperation in Biotechnology and a Letter of Intent on the India-Australia Strategic Research Fund.

During his visit to India, Mr Howard will also visit Mumbai and Chennai.

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