Prime Minister Modi meets Portuguese counterpart

Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi

The instruments for cooperation were signed in Lisbon this evening in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Portugese counterpart Antonio Costa. He will also visit Portugal and the Netherlands.

Children sit by the statues of Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba at the Radha Krishna Temple before the visit by India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lisbon, Portugal, Saturday June 24, 2017.

"I will be visiting the Netherlands on June 27", he wrote and said during the visit, he will have an official meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

"This is the PM's first with Trump, this meet may not be hyped like Prime Minister's earlier visit, but it holds great importance".

The official also indicated that H-1B visa, which has so dominated speculation in India and among analysts and the Indian-American public, is not on the cards for discussions as no changes in the system were imminent despite the Executive Orders that have been signed by the President.

Modi, during the joint address to the media, also said apart from Costa's Indian connection, football can further connect the people in the two countries.

"At the same time, India has imposed several new significant barriers that have harmed USA producers across all sectors of our economy, including services, manufacturing and agriculture", it added.

"The White House is every interested in making this a special visit", the senior administration official said.

In a development that will provide a boost to India's maritime security, the Trump administration has authorised the sale of unarmed surveillance drones to India, the manufacturer said on Friday, as the two nations' leaders prepare for their first face-to-face meeting. Notably, this will be the first dinner by the Trump administration for a visiting foreign leader.

Costa had visited India in January this year.

"Modi's top priority will be to establish a personal rapport with the USA president", Constantino Xavier, a foreign policy fellow at the Indian arm of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in New Delhi, told The National. "Our conversations have touched upon our common intent to take forward our productive all-round engagement for the mutual benefit of our people", he said. "I look forward to this opportunity to have an in depth exchange of views on further consolidating the robust and wide ranging partnership between India and the United States, " he said.

He said in this particular case, the U.S. evaluates that this is an important way for America and India to cooperate on specific areas of mutual concern, and that both sides benefit from transferring the kind of high technology, the Trump administration has been talking about.

Allaying fears the US-India strategic partnership was entering the realm of the unknown with the new US administration, the White House has said "a strong India is good for the United States" and the upward trajectory in bilateral relations will continue.

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