PM off to Portugal on way to USA and Netherlands

Posted June 25, 2017

PM Narendra Modi will visit Portugal followed by United States and than Netherlands on his four day trip to three nations starting from 24 June.

Prime Minister Modi who was on a historic visit to Portugal, met Indian community and interacted with them. He will be visiting Portugal, the United States and the Netherlands and meeting the leaders of the country to build and strengthen bilateral ties with them.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will receive a "red carpet" welcome when he arrives at the White House to meet US President Donald Trump on Monday for his first face-to-face meeting. How fitting it is that just one week after Prime Minister Modi concludes his latest consultations in Washington he will land in Tel Aviv-the first visit by an Indian head of government to Israel.

Ford added that given the uncertainty surrounding the Trump administration's Asia policy, and in particular, US strategy in South Asia, Modi will also want to remind Trump of the significance of the US-India strategic partnership and of the US commitment to long-term stability in Afghanistan. This will be the first dinner for a foreign dignitary at the White House under this administration.

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"The US also has a defence partnership with Pakistan".

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Speaking at a joint conference after holding a bilateral discussion with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, Prime Minister Modi said the two sides have also agreed to set up a joint science and technology fund of four million euros. "It is also expected to establish a network of honorary ambassadors based in India and Portugal to guide start-ups from both countries", it said. Find us on Facebook too!

"That shows the kind of leaders they are: Both are innovators; both are business executives", said the administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to preview the visit.

Trump has been previously bullish on the potential of India's fast-growing economy, viewing it as a good place for foreign investment.

"And last year's designation of India as a major defence partner was extremely important, and I think we'll see a concrete expression of this important designation during this visit" added senior white house official.

But there could be increased strains on trade issues.