(dpa) - Indian President Pratibha Patil left for a two- week trip to Brazil, Mexico and Chile on Saturday as India looks to strengthening ties with the Latin American nations.
This is Patil's first state visit since she assumed office in July and indicates the importance India attaches to its fast-developing relations with these nations, Ministry of External Affairs official Nalin Surie said on the eve of the visit.
Patil, who will be visiting the three countries between April 12 and 25, would be holding meetings with state leaders, address parliaments in Brazil and Mexico, interact with members of the judiciary and the Indian community and attend business meetings.
The Indian president is accompanied by a large delegation of Indian lawmakers and industry leaders.
Surie said several bilateral agreements are expected to be signed during Patil's visit.