PM Modi meets Portuguese Prime Minister at Palacio das Necessidades

Posted June 25, 2017

President Trump on Saturday foreshadowed what's to come when he meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, saying that the two would discuss "strategic issues" and calling the foreign leader a "true friend".

Modi said on Facebook that he and Costa would build on their discussions on various "joint initiatives" and concerns including "economic cooperation, science and technology, space collaboration and people-to-people ties".

"India too has its own viable startups and industry".

Portuguese prime minister Costa tweeted this is an excellent opportunity to review the implementation of the accords agreed during his India visit and sign new agreements. "It is a great means to generate value and wealth for society", he said.

Shri Modi highlighted his meeting with António Guterres, who owas also the former Prime Minister of Portugal.

On the first leg of his three-nations tour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday offered prayers at the Radha Krishna temple in Lisbon and interacted with the members of the Indian diaspora in Portugal.

As Mr Modi put it on Twitter on Friday: "Strong India-USA ties benefit our nations & the world".

"Our economic ties continue to follow an upward trajectory".

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The two sides are expected to sign some agreements.

He said that 17 cooperation projects have been identified to work on and that the bilateral talks.

He said apart from this connection, football can further connect the people in the two countries.

India and Portugal today signed eleven MOUs for cooperation in areas including double taxation avoidance, investments, science and technology, nanotechnology, space research, administrative reforms and culture.

Modi also said that both India and Portugal were determined to deepen the cooperation in the fight against terrorism and religious extremism.

The highlight of Modi's three-nation tour will be his visit to U.S. where he will meet President Donald Trump for the first time on June 26 in Washington.

Earlier, Prime Minister Antonio Costa, who has his origin in Goa, sprang a surprise for Modi when he hosted a special Gujarati vegetarian lunch for him. "But there have been two very good phone calls between President Trump and Prime Minister Modi that you can point to as showing both countries' interest in the relationship", the White House official argued.