Indian PM Modi visits Portugal on trip to meet with Trump

On the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's USA visit, the Trump administration has dismissed reports that it has been ignoring India, saying President Trump realises that the country has been a "force for good" in the world and ties with it were important.

"Portugal has emerged as one of the most vibrant European ecosystems for entrepreneurship", Modi said during a joint address to the media with Costa, who traces his origin to Goa, after bilateral discussions.

"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 had visited India in January this year. "The startups here is an exciting space that blends youth, idea, technology, innovation and creativity to generate value and wealth for the benefit of the society", he said. "The Portuguese economic rebound and strong Indian growth offer excellent opportunities for us to grow together", Modi, the first India prime minister in Portugal on a bilateral visit, said.

Modi is the first Indian prime minister to visit Portugal on a bilateral trip, Baglay said.

In a statement made before the media ahead of Modi's visit to Washington DC, a senior White House official said that the U.S. is interested in providing India with the kind of Defence technology it normally reserves for its closest allies.

"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.




"And, the foreign direct investment from Portugal to India, though small, has doubled during 2016-17".

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 also agreed to cooperate in fighting terrorism and violent extremism, and also to set up a joint science and technology fund of four million euros, PM Modi said.

Later during a community reception, Modi presented Costa with the OCI card.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today described Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa as the best of the Indian diaspora across the world to highlight his Indian connection.

The highlight of Modi's four-day three-nation visit will be the United States leg as Modi will be meeting president Donald Trump for the first time on June 26 in Washington.

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