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Republic Day parade chief guest

New Delhi, Oct. 21: Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations next year, a move indicating the country’s growing ties with India.

Foreign minister Yashwant Sinha made the announcement after the first Joint Commission meeting with his Brazilian counterpart Celso Amorim here today.

Sinha said the two sides have agreed to work out concrete programmes of action and negotiate agreements to increase economic ties and keep them ready to be signed during da Silva’s visit in January.

Various areas of bilateral cooperation, including energy, agriculture and livestock, science and technology, information technology, education, and health, were discussed at the meeting. At a restricted interaction later, the ministers discussed UN reforms, Iraq, West Asia and the outcome of the WTO talks in Cancun.

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