Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday arrived on the second leg of his three-nation tour for his first bilateral meeting with United States president Donald Trump, as the two leaders are set to hold discussions on a set of "strategically important" issues.
In a joint address to the media after signing 11 bilateral agreements, Modi and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, who traces his origin to Goa, said the two countries have made substantial progress since Costa visited India in January.
The other agreements signed are an India-Portugal space alliance, a protocol amending the double taxation avoidance agreement for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income, an MoU on Nano Technology, an MoU on Public Administration and governance reforms, an MoU on cultural cooperation, an MoU on biotechnology, and an MoU on a Portugal-India Business Hub.
India-Portugal Startup Hub official site said that it is a platform initiated by Startup India and supported by the Commerce & Industry Ministry and Startup Portugal to create a mutually supportive entrepreneurial partnership.
Departing from protocol, Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva received Prime Minister Modi at the airport earlier in the day.
Before leaving for US, PM Modi in a tweet appealed to people to share their ideas and suggestions on My Gov Open Forum portal. Unlike Modi's famous reception in 2014 at the Madison Square Garden in NY, which was attended by tens of thousands of people, Sunday's reception is invitation-only.
In the video, two officials are seen attempting to open the door of the vehicle Modi is sat in, but they quickly change their minds for mysterious reasons. Apart from official meetings with Trump and his cabinet colleagues, Modi will be meeting some prominent American CEOs.