Saturday, 24 June 2017

Modi Visits Portugal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached Lisbon in Portugal in the first phase of his trip to three countries. The tour of three countries, including the United States of America, began with PM Modi's visit to Portugal. 17 years later, Significantly, any Indian Prime Minister is on a tour of Portugal. Modi will also hold talks with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa of Indian origin in Lisbon. Let's know why Portugal is so important to us.

Why these visits are important

India's efforts to improve relations with the new countries of Europe have been continuing for the last few days. Last month, PM Modi visited Spain and Germany. Earlier in 2000, Atal Behari Vajpayee had visited Portugal. The India-Portugal dialogue began with this tour Modi will push it forward.

- Prime Minister Antony Costa of Portugal came to India in January this year. He was the Chief Guest of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Festival. He was felicitated in this. In this tour, six MoUs, including defense cooperation between India and Portugal, were signed.

-Portugal supports India's permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council.



The personal chemistry between the two leaders is also amazing. During his visit, Costa was a prominent footballer Ronaldo's signed jersey gift to PM Modi.

Costa's India connection

Antonio Costa is of Indian origin. Many of his relatives live in Goa's Madgaon. Orlando Costa's father Orlando the Costa was a famous novelist. He also wrote an article on Rabindranath Tagore. At the time when Portuguese was ruled by Goa, Orlanda was young and had spent many years in this city.


Indian share in Portugal's economy

About 70 thousand people of Indian origin live in Portugal. From banking to many areas, the influence of Indian-origin businessmen is important there. PM Modi before the visit said, “since the visit of PM Antonio Costa to India in January, our historical and our bilateral relations have been strengthened. I'm excited to meet with Costa. We will discuss bilateral relations, especially economic cooperation, science and technology, space and the strengthening of mutual relations. We will also talk about terrorism, expanding cooperation and business and investment. I will also talk to Indians living in Portugal during the trip. "
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