PM Narendra Modi leaves for U.S. after concluding Portugal trip

Posted June 26, 2017

Lisbon- India and Portugal on Saturday launched a joint worldwide startup hub soon after Narendra Modi expressed his amazement that there has been no bilateral Indian Prime Ministerial visit ever to this European nation that is home to around 70,000 people of Indian origin.

Earlier today, PM Modi arrived in Washington from Portugal on Sunday, on the second leg of his three-nation tour that also includes Netherlands.

Earlier in November last year, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin came to India on a week-long state visit - the first by an Israeli President in almost 20 years.

Modi said that it was "surprising for me to know that there had never been a bilateral visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Portugal".

India and Portugal signed 11 bilateral agreements included cooperation in outer space, double taxation avoidance, nano technology, improving cultural ties, youth and sports, higher education and scientific research, and Portugal-India business hub and Indian Chamber of Commerce.

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

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

Modi hailed the contributions of the more than 65,000 Indians in Portugal, saying they were India's "real ambassadors" and have enriched the culture of the country they have made their home.

Ahead of his United States visit, Modi said he looked forward to the opportunity of having an in-depth exchange of views.

Deviating from protocol, Costa came to see off Modi.

The highlight of Modi's four-day three-nation visit will be the U.S. leg as Modi will be meeting President Donald Trump for the first time on June 26 in Washington. Unlike Modi's famous reception in 2014 at the Madison Square Garden in NY, which was attended by tens of thousands of people, Sunday's reception is invitation-only.