Portuguese PM arranges special 'Gujarati lunch' for PM Modi

The Indian connection of Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa is a boon for India, which is expected to be reflected in the meeting between Costa and Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this evening in Lisbon.

India, a big buyer of U.S. arms that was recently named by Washington as a major defence ally, wants to protect its 7,500- km coastline as Beijing expands its maritime trade routes and Chinese submarines increasingly lurk in regional waters.

"We seek to have an effective partnership with each country".

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"We will deliberate on means to intensify our cooperation in counter-terrorism and on other global issues of mutual interest", Modi said, adding that he was keen to interact with the Indian community in Portugal. "So I think that we would like to move forward with both countries". It also said that Narendra Modi is not that much of a reformer as much as he claims to be.

"Yes, this will be the first opportunity for them to sit down and have a conversation, but I think that this is still fairly early on in the administration", the official said. Bilateral relations, however, went into decline after 1950 over Portugal's refusal to surrender its enclaves of Goa, Daman Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli on India's west coast.

Modi, who arrived here on the first leg of his three- nation tour, said his brief visit will further strengthen relations between India and Portugal. Portuguese Prime Minister Costa tweeted this is an excellent opportunity to review the implementation of the accords agreed during his India visit and sign new agreements.

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"We are pleased that the U.S. Government has cleared the way for the sale of the MQ-9B Guardian to the Indian Government", General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Chief Executive Linden Blue said in a statement. The two leaders will discuss deepening of defence and security ties, launch new initiatives on counter-terrorism and thrash out trade issues of mutual concern.

There were no plans for discussing the issue of H-1B visas, the senior White House official previewing the visit for reporters said, adding "if it's raised", the United States will note that while Trump has ordered a review, "there have been no immediate changes in visa applications and issuance procedures". The designation allows America to extend India the same benefits as it would to its "closest allies and partners" in matters of defence trade.

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