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Modi, Portuguese PM, discuss ways to boost bilateral ties, may sign pacts

Modi is first Indian PM to visit Portugal on a bilateral trip; will meet Trump in the US next

Press Trust of India  |  Lisbon 

Lisbon : India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa speak during a meeting at the Necessidades Palace, the Portuguese Foreign Ministry in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo: PTI)
Lisbon : India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa speak during a meeting at the Necessidades Palace, the Portuguese Foreign Ministry in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo: PTI)

Prime Minister on Saturday held talks with his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa and discussed ways to further intensify bilateral

Modi, who arrived here on the first leg of his three- nation tour, said his brief visit will further strengthen between and

"Advancing bilateral engagements. PM @narendramodi & PM @antoniocostapm discuss ways to further intensify bilateral relations," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted along with some photographs.
The two sides are expected to sign some

Departing from protocol, Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva received Prime Minister at the airport earlier in the day.

is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit on a bilateral trip, Baglay said.

Before leaving for Lisbon, had said during his meeting with Costa, the two leaders will build on their recent discussions and review the progress of various joint initiatives and decisions.

Portuguese Prime Minister Costa said in a tweet that this was an excellent opportunity to review the implementation of the accords agreed during his visit and sign new Costa had visited in January this year.

The highlight of Modi's four-day three-nation visit will be the US leg as will be meeting President Donald Trump for the first time on June 26 in Washington.

From the US, he will travel to the Netherlands.

First Published: Sat, June 24 2017. 20:11 IST
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