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05 February, 2001
Prime Minister Costas Simitis on Sunday arrived here for a five-day visit in India that was planned before the destructive earthquake that hit the subcontinent, killing many thousands of people.
Despite the quake and its results the two sides decided to follow the schedule of the visit, reaffirming the importance of the contacts for both Greece and India.
Simitis will meet with Indian President Kocheril Raman Narayanan and Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, among other officials.
The New Delhi University Law School is planning to award Simitis an honorary doctorate.
The premier heads a delegation that includes Development Minister Nikos Christodoulakis, Press and Media Minister Dimitris Reppas, Alternate Foreign Minister Elizabeth Papazoi and National Economy Deputy Minister Yiannis Zaphiropoulos.
Deputy Defense Minister Dimitris Apostolakis also departed for India responding to the official invitation of his Indian Counterpart George Fernadez.
Apostolakis' visit coincides with the international exhibition "Aero-India 2001", where the Greek deputy minister will have a series of meetings with his counterparts of several countries.
The delegation also includes Greek businessmen who want to develop contacts in India with the prospect of investing in the country.
The focus of bilateral talks will be economic cooperation, as the premier is expected to sign along with his Indian counterpart a series of agreements, including double taxation avoidance, investment protection measures and cooperation in the agricultural sector.
Upon arrival in the Indian capital, officials of that country and Greek embassy staff met Simitis and the Greek delegation.
Simitis and his wife Daphne will be hosted to a dinner by Narayanan on Monday afternoon, while during that day the Greek premier will visit and lay a writhe on the Gandhi Monument.
Source: Athens News Agency