PM Modi arrives in Portugal, to meet Portuguese PM Antonio Costa

Claudine Rigal
Juin 25, 2017

This is the first-ever bilateral visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Portugal and follows Costa's visit to India in January this year.

"India's weak standards and insufficient enforcement remain an area of concern for USA right holders, including with respect to pharmaceutical patents and in the area of copyright protection, where we understand that India has not enacted meaningful laws to prevent cam cording in cinemas, which has led to rampant infringement", they wrote.

Between 2014 and 2016, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi cultivated a strong personal relationship with United States president Barack Obama. This year, the two countries are celebrating 70 years of the establishment of Indo-Dutch diplomatic relations.

"During the meeting, the President and the Prime Minister will discuss ongoing cooperation, including counter-terrorism, defence partnership in the Indo-Pacific region, global cooperation, burden-sharing, trade, law enforcement, and energy", Spicer had said.

"This (dinner) is a special gesture and it is appreciated", he said.

"But as I said, it would be very much up to the leaders to decide what to talk about", the Indian envoy said.

"This will be the first dinner for a foreign dignitary at the White House under this administration".

Apart from official meetings with Trump and his cabinet colleagues, Modi will be meeting some prominent American CEOs.

But achieving the full potential of this relationship requires the actual removal of India's economic barriers, they said.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the Trump administration realises that the "pace and scope" of its relationship with each country is going to be different, according to PTI reports.

As Mr Modi put it on Twitter on Friday: "Strong India-USA ties benefit our nations & the world".

Jaishankar also met other senior officials at the State Department.

Ahead of his visit Prime Minister Modi set a friendly tone, when he wrote on his Facebook wall that "I will pay a working visit to Portugal on 24 June 2017. But there have been two very good phone calls between President Trump and Prime Minister Modi that you can point to as showing both countries' interest in the relationship", the White House official argued.

"They have, of course, spoken three times on the telephone".

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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