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Brazil keen to enhance economic ties with India

Sunday 25 January 2004

Article paru dans le Times of India, ?dition du dimanche 25 janvier 2004.

NEW DELHI: Brazil on Sunday expressed keen interest in having a strategic alliance with India and enhancing bilateral cooperation in the fields of economic and social development.

Talking to reporters after being accorded the ceremonial welcome on the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan by President A P J Abdul Kalam, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani and External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva told reporters that he looked forward to his talks with Indian leaders and sought increased collaboration in economic and political fields.

During his five-day visit, the two countries would sign seven agreements including on bilateral cooperation in peaceful uses of outer space, tourism, culture and other diversified areas.

Lula would be the chief guest at the 55th Republic Day celebrations on Monday and would also be present at the traditional reception hosted by Kalam in Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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