Chilean President arrives in India

March 16th, 2009 - 11:50 am ICT by ANI  

Pratibha Patil

New Delhi, Mar 16 (ANI): The President of Chile, Dr. Michelle Bachelet, arrived here on a five-day official visit on Monday morning.
Bachelet is accompanied by a high-level delegation, including the Minister of Agriculture and Women Empowerment and a business delegation.
During the visit, the President of Chile will call President Pratibha Patil, who will host a State Banquet in her honour on Tuesday at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
As a special gesture, to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Chile, the President will host a cultural program at Rashtrapati Bhawan today.
Bachelet will hold bilateral talks with President Pratibha Patil, Vice-President Dr. Mohammed Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and the Leader of Opposition L.K. Advani.
A number of agreements are expected to be signed during the visit.
The last state visit was undertaken by President Ricardo Lagos of Chile in January 2005. (ANI)

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