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Australian PM arrives in New Delhi

The two countries are expected to sign a number of agreements on defence, trade, science and air services.

india Updated: Mar 05, 2006 23:00 IST

The Australian Prime Minister John Howard arrived in New Delhi on Sunday night on a four-day visit.

The two countries are expected to sign a number of agreements, including defence, trade, science and air services.

Accompanied by his wife Janette Howard and a 20-member strong trade delegation, Howard was warmly received by Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma.

Undertaking his second visit in six years to further strengthen bilateral trade and strategic relations, Howard will hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on a wide range of bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Howard will also call on President APJ Abdul Kalam besides meeting Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath and Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamad.

He will also meet UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Leader of Opposition LK Advani.

The two countries will sign a number of agreements including MOUs on Defence Cooperation, customs cooperation and bio-technology besides a pact on trade and economic framework and a letter of intent on India-Australia Strategic Research Fund.

First Published: Mar 05, 2006 18:12 IST