Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull arrives in India on four-day visit

Malcolm Turnbull was welcomed by Indian officials upon his arrival at Palam airport in New Delhi. Photograph:( AFP )

Reuters New Delhi, India Apr 09, 2017, 04.32 PM (IST)

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Sunday (April 9) arrived in India on a four-day visit to boost defence, trade and security ties.

Turnbull was welcomed by Indian officials upon his arrival at Palam airport in New Delhi.

The visiting Prime Minister will hold talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Monday (April 10) and the two leaders are expected to discuss issues of mutual interest.

He will also meet Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj.

As per India's foreign ministry, the two nations are likely to sign several memorandums of understandings (MOUs) covering areas of defence, trade, environment, sports and security.

However, the much- awaited economic pact -- Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) -- will not be signed between the two nations.

The CECA, when signed, will boost trade between the two countries as it would remove the non-tariff barriers.

The talks for signing CECA were launched in 2011. The two sides had set the end of 2015 as the deadline for signing the deal during the visit of former Australian PM Tony Abbott in 2014. However, despite nine negotiations the pact remains yet to be sealed.

(Reuters)

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