Published: Sun, June 25, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Indian PM Modi visits Portugal on trip to meet with Trump

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa today launched the India-Portugal International Startup Hub, a platform developed to strengthen and foster the connection between the startup ecosystem of the two countries.

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".

"I want to make the point here that US' relationships with India and Pakistan really stand on their own merits and terms..."

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.

The Prime Minister also said that he was looking forward to interacting with the Indian diaspora here later on Saturday. The highlight of Modi's four-day three-nation visit will be the USA leg as Modi will be meeting President Donald Trump for the first time on June 26 in Washington.

"However, I take satisfaction in the fact that this is the second summit between India and Portugal within a period of six months", he said.

Costa during his visit to India in January had been awarded the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman by the President of India.

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

An MoU on sports and youth affairs was among nine agreements signed between the two countries after Saturday's talks. "So, we're looking for ways to cooperate on our mutual interests", a senior administration official said while adding United States encourages India and Pakistan to engage in a direct bilateral dialogue aimed at reducing tensions.

Modi also stressed on people-to-people ties between the two countries saying Costa's passion for football would help deepen bilateral ties.

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.

Following his official engagements, Modi visited a temple and interacted with the Indian community here before embarking for the U.S. on the second leg of his three-nation tour. The prime minister will also attend a reception thrown by the Indian community in Washington, DC.

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