Finland PM on three-day visit to New Delhi
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Finland PM on three-day visit to New Delhi

Matti Vanhanen will hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday.

india Updated: Mar 12, 2006 20:13 IST

Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen arrived in New Delhi on Sunday from Chennai.

Vanhanen, who was received by Minster of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma at Delhi airport, will hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singhon Mondayon a range of bilateral and international issues of mutual interest.

During his three-day stay in the Capital, he will also meet Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, Shipping Minister TR Baalu and Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel.

Vanhanen will also meet UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Leader of the Opposition LK Advani.

An address to the Indian business leaders is also on the agenda.

Finland has evinced keen interest in sectors such as ship-building, port development and road construction.

During his trip to Tamil Nadu, Finland's top electronic company Nokia launched its manufacturing unit in the state.

India's interests in cooperation with Finland extend to areas like energy, environment management and sustainable forestry.

Vanhanen will be the first Finnish Prime Minister to visit India since 1984 when Kalevi Sorsa came here. A year earlier, then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had travelled to Finland.

First Published: Mar 12, 2006 19:35 IST