New Delhi: On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with the President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who is on his 4-day visit to India. The two leaders held extensive bilateral discussions and signed 14 agreements/MOUs to further cooperation in various areas like defense, investment, yoga, transport, ports, culture, and industrial and intellectual property rights.
After the meeting, PM Modi shared a few pictures of his interaction with the Portuguese President on his official Twitter handle and wrote-
“Had an excellent meeting with Mr. Rebelo de Sousa, the President of Portugal. We had extensive discussions on expanding bilateral cooperation. Glad that 14 MoUs/Agreements were exchanged covering sectors such as trade, aeronautics, holistic healthcare, start-ups and more.”
Had an excellent meeting with Mr. Rebelo de Sousa, the President of Portugal. We had extensive discussions on expanding bilateral cooperation. Glad that 14 MoUs/Agreements were exchanged covering sectors such as trade, aeronautics, holistic healthcare, start-ups and more. pic.twitter.com/RhC9wzL2bZ
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 14, 2020
Also, Raveesh Kumar, the official Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), said that PM Modi and Prez Rebelo de Sousa held excellent talks, including the India-Portugal partnership by leveraging the complementary strengths in different sectors.
On his India visit, the President of Portugal is accompanied by the Minister of State and Foreign Affairs Professor Augusto Santos Silva, Secretary of State for Internationalization Professor Eurico Brilhante Dias, and Secretary of State for National Defence Jorge Seguro Sanches.
Later, in the evening, President Ram Nath Kovind also met his Portuguese counterpart and hosted a banquet in his honor. In a statement, President Kovind said that the economic ties between India and Portugal are growing, and bilateral trade crossed a billion dollars. He added that bilateral investments between both nations are also increasing. He said that India is looking forward to Portugal joining the International Solar Alliance in the time to come and also thanked Portugal for its stand against terrorism.
Further, Portuguese President de Sousa said that he is deeply touched with the very warm reception by his Indian counterpart Kovind and added that the two nations live in a new era in a long-lasting friendship that faces the future.
Prez De Sousa also plans to go to Maharashtra and Goa during his ongoing India visit.