07 January, New Delhi
India and Portugal Saturday exchanged seven agreements in different fields, including defence cooperation, agriculture, renewable energy and marine research. The MoUs were signed after bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa in New Delhi.
Delivering his press statement, Modi said the full range of India-Portugal ties was reviewed during the talks.
He expressed his gratitude to Portugal for their continued support for India’s permanent membership of UN Security Council. He also thanked Prime Minister Costa for support to India’s membership of Missile Technology Control Regime and Nuclear Suppliers Group.
The Prime Minister said the MoU on defence cooperation signed today will help harness strengths of both nations. He said expansion and deepening of trade, investment and business partnerships is a shared priority for both the countries.
Modi said India and Portugal have built a modern bilateral partnership on the foundation of a shared historical connect. He recalled the contribution of Mr Costa’s father, Orlando Costa in enriching Goan and Indo-Portuguese literature. He also said India is deeply honoured that Antonio Costa accepted the invitation to be the Chief Guest at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.
On the occasion, the two leaders jointly released commemorative stamps issued by the postal departments of India and Portugal. These stamps depict Dandiya and the Portugese dance form of Pauliteiros. Prime Minister Modi gifted Mr Costa his father’s novel, translated to English. Costa, in turn, gifted Portugese football player Christiano Ronaldo’s jersey to Modi.
Portuguese Prime Minister is on a seven-day visit to India. He was accorded ceremonial reception at the forecourts of Rashtrapati Bhawan this morning. The visiting dignitary also called on President Pranab Mukherjee at his residence this afternoon. He will attend the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas as the Chief Guest in Bengaluru. He will attend the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit in Gandhinagar on Tuesday.
On the final leg of his tour, Costa will visit Goa where he will spend some time at his ancestral place. The Portugese Prime Minister traces his roots to Goa.