President Patil addresses select Brazilian senators

April 16th, 2008 - 7:54 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Pratibha Patil
(Lead, Supersedes earlier story)
By Liz Mathew
Brasilia, April 16 (IANS) Foreign dignitaries visiting India are honoured with an address to a joint session of both houses of parliament that is normally packed to capacity. But in Brazil, where President Pratibha Patil addressed the Senate, her audience was restricted to a privileged few as per convention. Only 20 senators were present in the 81-member house, leaving many in the president’s party wondering whether MPs had played truant. But Indian and Brazilian officials explained that this was as per convention as attendance is strictly by invitation.

Brazil’s ambassador in New Delhi Marco Antonio Diniz Brand

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