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President Mukherjee to visit Papua New Guinea, New Zealand next week

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New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee is expected to sign several agreements during his five-day tour to Papua New Guinea (PNG) and New Zealand next week.

This is President Mukherjee’s first-ever state visit to the two countries.

The President will be accompanied by Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal and several Members of Parliament.

In the first leg of his visit in Papua New Guinea, several agreements are expected to be inked in the fields of education, health, connectivity, economic cooperation, agriculture and dairy farming.

The President will arrive in PNG as guest of Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio. During his visit he will also meet PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill who visited India last August for a summit meeting.

Moving on the President will also attend a business event and address Indian community. He is also scheduled to deliver a speech at the PNG university.

On the President’s visit to New Zealand, which starts from April 30, agreements and MoU’s in the field of air connectivity and education are expected to be signed.

New Zealand country strategic papers wishes to make India its core trade, economic and political partner.

Here he will meet Governor General Jerry Mateparae, Prime Minister John Key and Leader of Opposition David Cunliffe.

He will also address a gathering of top New Zealand businessmen, an Indian community event, and students and faculty of Oakland University of Technology.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key had visited India in 2011 while the Governor General of New Zealand visited the country in 2008, 2009 and 2011. (ANI)

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