Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday embarked on a three-nation tour of Portugal, the US and the Netherlands during which he will hold talks with the top leadership of those countries to boost bilateral ties. In the first leg of the tour, PM Modi will visit Portugal where he will have talks with Prime Minister Antonio Costa. “I will pay a working visit to Portugal on 24 June 2017. Our close historical and friendly ties have picked up momentum after H.E. Prime Minister Antonio Costa’s visit to India in January 2017. I am looking forward to my meeting with PM Costa. Building on our recent discussions, we will review the progress of various joint initiatives and decisions. We will also discuss ways to further enhance the bilateral engagement, especially in the areas of economic cooperation, science & technology, space collaboration and people to people ties. We will deliberate on means to intensify our cooperation in counter-terrorism and on other international issues of mutual interest. I also see significant potential for deepening bilateral trade and investment ties. I am also keen to interact with the Indian Community in Portugal during the visit”, the Prime Minister said. “Building on our recent discussions, we will review the progress of various joint initiatives and decisions,” he said about his upcoming meeting with Costa.
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05:17 AM: Narendra Modi is due to meet with about 20 leading U.S. CEOs in Washington on Sunday before his first meeting with Trump on Monday at the White House, reported Reuters.
03:13 AM: Leading U.S. congressmen have called on President Donald Trump to press Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to remove barriers to U.S. trade and investment when they meet for the first time on Monday, reported Reuters.
01:40 AM: As Narendra Modi will soon reach the United States for his 2 day trip, Senator Kamala Harris has welcomed the Indian PM and hopes that the meeting will reaffirm the unbreakable bonds between our two nations. Taking to Twitter she wrote: “I welcome Indian PM @NarendraModi to the United States and reaffirm the unbreakable bonds between our two nations.”
01:00 AM: Hours ahead of Narendra Modi’s visit to the country, US President Donald Trump took to Twitter and said that he is looking forward to welcome India’s PM to White House. He wrote: “Look forward to welcoming India’s PM Modi to @WhiteHouse on Monday. Important strategic issues to discuss with a true friend!”
12: 40 AM: “We are two countries with deep historical connections and strong economic and people to people ties. It is, therefore, surprising for me to know that there had never been a bilateral visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Portugal,” said a press statement released Prime Minister’s Office.
12:08 AM: PM Narendra Modi said he had a delightful interaction with the Indian community of Portugal during his one day visit to the European country.
11: 20 PM: PM Narendra Modi concludes his visit to Portugal and deviating from security protocol his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa came to see off.
11:16 PM: PM Narendra Modi posed with the performers from Indian community during his visit to Comunidade Hindu de Portugal, a Hindu Temple in Lisbon.
11: 11 PM: PM Narendra Modi took to twitter and thanked the European country for the warm welcome. He wrote: “Thank you Portugal. During this short visit, a strong foundation was laid to improve cooperation between India and Portugal.”
11: 01 PM: Celebration of 3rd International Yoga Day continues as Narendra Modi along with Portuguese PM Antonio Costa join yoga demonstration performed by the Portuguese Yoga Confdrtn.
10:47 PM: After arriving in Lisbon, PM Naredra Modi honoured the Father of the Nation by offering floral tributes to Kasturba and Mahatma Gandhi statues.
10:35 PM: Narendra Modi presented Portuguese PM Antonio Costa with latter’s old PIO card framed with a picture of Costa receiving Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award
10:30 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi presents Overseas Citizen of India card to Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa.
10:20 PM: In the field of space, our scientists have done great work. Recently 30 nanosatellites were launched: PM Narendra Nodi at Radha Krishna Temple
10:19 PM: India is fast moving ahead, and is touching new heights in many fields: PM Modi at Radha Krishna temple in Portugal’s Lisbon
10:16 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing the Indians living in Lisbon
10:00 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Radha Krishna temple in Lisbon, Portugal and performs ‘aarti’
09:30 PM: Held extensive talks with Mr. Antonio Costa. We reviewed the full scale of our bilateral relations & agreed to further boost ties: PM Narendra Modi
09:20 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Champalimaud Foundation in Lisbon
08:51 PM: PM NarendraModi reciprocated PM Antonio Costa’s warm by thanking him in Portuguese
08:45 PM: We thank Portugal for your consistent support for India’s permanent membership of UNSC, and of Multilateral Export Control Regime: PM Modi
08:43 PM: Indian films are being subtitled in Portuguese and a Hindi-Portuguese dictionary is being developed for our mutual benefit: PM Modi
08:42 PM: Portuguese passion for football runs deep, PM Costa himself is a big fan. This could form another league to further connect our societies:PM
08:36 PM: We are determined to deepen our cooperation against terrorism and violent extremism- PM Narendra Modi in Portugal
08:35 PM: We have agreed to set up a joint Science and Technology fund of four million euros- PM Modi in Portugal
08:34 PM: New agreements in the field of taxation, science, space, youth affairs and sports outline expanding scope of our partnership- PM Modi
08:33 PM: Start-up sphere is an interesting space for cooperation. It is a great means to generate value and wealth for society- PM Narendra Modi
08:32 PM: PM Antonio Costa & I held wide-ranging talks. We reviewed the progress since his visit to India. Our bilateral trade and FDI has grown- PM Modi
08:31 PM: India and Portugal have strong economic and people to people ties- PM Narendra Modi at the press meet
08:28 PM: Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims of forest fire, deepest condolences- PM Narendra Modi in Portugal
08:27 PM: While in past it was maritime link that connected our two countries, but today its the digital link that’ll join us in future, says Portuguese PM
08:26 PM: Science is going to be one of the most important areas for our cooperation in the future, says Portuguese PM Antonio Costa according to ANI.
08:24 PM: 17 cooperation projects have been identified, we are working with institutions. Our talks have covered wide variety of areas: Antonio Costa
08:22 PM: Number of agreements signed to promote exchanges between our youths, cultural exchanges; will have great impact in future, says Portuguese PM
08:20 PM: Portuguese PM Antonio Costa welcomes Narendra Modi in Gujarati language while addressing press statement in Lisbon, according to ANI.
08:10 PM: Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa and Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the media-
08:00 PM: PM Modi to visit Washington from June 25 to June 26
07:30 PM: PM Narendra Modi in talks with Antonio Costa
07:15 PM: Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa has arranged a special Gujarati meal at the lunch that has been hosted for PM Narendra Modi in Portugal. Take a look at the menu here-
07:05 PM: PM Narendra Modi gets a warm greeting from his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa.
06:50 PM: PM Narendra Modi and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa interact at Necessidades Palace in Portugal’s Lisbon, according to ANI
— ANI (@ANI_news) June 24, 2017
6:25 PM Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Antonio Costa meet in Lisbon. Both leaders will discuss ways to deepen India-Portugal cooperation.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 24, 2017
6:21 PM PM Narendra Modi gets grand welcome, big hug by Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa in Lisbon
— ANI (@ANI_news) June 24, 2017
6:05 PM “Landed in Portugal. My brief visit will further strengthen relations between India and Portugal,” PM Modi tweeted from Lisbon.
Landed in Portugal. My brief visit will further strengthen relations between India and Portugal. pic.twitter.com/4HQ4RfbYb7
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 24, 2017
6:00 PM: PM Narendra Modi meets Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa at Necessidades Palace in Lisbon
— ANI (@ANI_news) June 24, 2017
4:50 PM Modi arrives in Lisbon, Portugal; he will meet Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa on Saturday, news agency ANI reported
The Prime Minister has landed in Lisbon, marking the start of his Portugal visit. pic.twitter.com/GdxACeGZOG
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 24, 2017
3:55 PM According to NDTV PM Modi will arrival at Lisbon, Portugal at around 5:05 PM and then there will be restricted meeting with Portuguese PM followed by working lunch
2:50 PM: PM Narendra Modi is expected to arrive at Lisbon at around 5 PM on Saturday
2:30 PM: Earlier, in the day, PM Narendra Modi emplaned for his visit to Portugal, USA and Netherlands.
— PIB India (@PIB_India) June 24, 2017
2:15 PM: PM Narendra Modi posted a statement on Facebook for his portugal visit ahead of his 3-nation tour
“I will pay a working visit to Portugal on 24 June 2017. Our close historical and friendly ties have picked up momentum after H.E. Prime Minister Antonio Costa’s visit to India in January 2017. I am looking forward to my meeting with PM Costa. Building on our recent discussions, we will review the progress of various joint initiatives and decisions. We will also discuss ways to further enhance the bilateral engagement, especially in the areas of economic cooperation, science & technology, space collaboration and people to people ties. We will deliberate on means to intensify our cooperation in counter-terrorism and on other international issues of mutual interest. I also see significant potential for deepening bilateral trade and investment ties. I am also keen to interact with the Indian Community in Portugal during the visit.”