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Australian PM arrives tonight, hectic schedule awaits him in India

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Mar 5 (UNI) Australian Prime Minister John Howard, who will be arriving here in the capital tonight, will have a busy schedule during his four-day visit to India.

According to his itinerary, Mr Howard, who will be accompanied by his wife Janette Howard, will also call on President A P J Abdul Kalam.

Senior officials along with a business delegation will accompany the Prime Minister.

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.

He will be meeting 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 delegation will also attend a business summit organised by CII / Assocham / FICCI.

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