Ansari arrives to warm welcome in Malawi

Last Updated: Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 23:41

Lilongwe (Malawi): Vice President Hamid
Ansari arrived here to a warm welcome today on a three-day
visit during which India and Malawi are expected to finalise a
number of engagements, including for hi-tech assistance in
agriculture, education and other areas.

Ansari, who arrived here after a three-day stay in
Zambia, was received at the Kamuzu international airport by
Malawi`s Vice President Joyce Banda, Minister of Foreign
Affairs and International cooperation Etta Elizabeth Banda and
a host of senior ministers and officials.

Ansari`s convoy was greeted by Malawian residents, who
dressed in their traditional attires, waved Indian flags and
sung and danced to beating drums, all the way from the airport
to his hotel.

India hopes to finalise a number of bilateral engagements
for hi-tech assistance in specific areas like agriculture,
education and small and medium industries during the visit,
and Ansari will oversee the signing of several agreements
tomorrow.

Bilateral talks from Malawian side will be led by his
counter-part Joyce Banda here while Ansari will represent the
Indian side.

"Malawi has good mineral resources in which we are
interested but there are things, which are being examined in
some depth," the Vice President had said while starting his
three nations` visit that started on Jan 5.

PTI

First Published: Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 23:41

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