President to leave for three-nation tour tomorrow
President Pratibha Patil will embark on her maiden three-nation visit to Latin American countries on Saturday, during which two agreements are likely to be signed.
Patil, during her 12-day-long tour, would be visiting Brazil, Mexico and Chile and two agreements were likely to be signed during her trip, Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs Nalin Suri told reporters here.
Asked the nature of agreements, Suri refused to divulge but said India was working with two of the countries before the documents were inked by the government.
According to the sources, an air agreement was to be signed with Chile.
The President would be addressing Parliament of Brazil and Mexico during her visit.
A high-level business delegation comprising members of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), representatives of Essar Steel, Bajaj Auto, NIIT, UP Hotels, United Phosphorus would join President in her leg in Chile and Brazil, Suri said adding this was for the first time that business representatives were joining the President on overseas visit.
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for New and Renewable Energy V Muttemwar, three Parliament Members, including DMK Chief K Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi, will accompany the President.
The President would be in Brazil from April 13 to 16 during which she would visit Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia after which she would go to Mexico where she would visit Guadalajara. After her Maxico tour, Patil would go to Chile.
The President would be making night halts at Portugal while going and in South Africa while returning.