Chile's President Michelle Bachelet to visit India

Chile's President Michelle Bachelet will arrive here on Monday on a five-day state visit to India during which the two countries are expected to sign a number of agreements aimed at enhancing bilateral relations. Ms Bachelet, who in 2006 became the first woman to be elected President of Chile, will be accompanied on the visit by a high-level delegation that will include the ministers of agriculture and women empowerment as well as a business delegation. President Pratibha Patil will host a state banquet for her Chilean counterpart on Tuesday. On Monday, Rashtrapati Bhavan will be the venue of a special cultural programme to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Ms Bachelet will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Vice-President M Hamid Ansari, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, ruling United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Leader of Opposition L K Advani are scheduled to call on her. The Chilean President will attend a business luncheon meeting organised jointly by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM) on Tuesday. She will also visit Agra, Mumbai and Chennai before returning home. The last state visit to India from Chile was by President Ricardo Lagos in January, 2005. President Patil had paid a state visit to Chile in April last year. INT
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