On the eve of his departure, the Prime Minister said in a statement that that this visit is aimed at enhancing the bilateral engagement in various areas.
The Prime Minister, who will pay a working visit to Portugal on 24 June, said that the close historical and friendly ties between India and Portugal have picked up momentum after the Portugese Prime Minister Antonio Costa’s visit to India in January this year.
Building on recent discussions, The Prime Minister said: “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 will be in Washington, D.C. from 24 to 26 June at the invitation of the US President Donald J. Trump.
Modi said that e ha spoken with President Trump on telephone and their conversations have touched upon their common intent to take forward their productive all round engagement for the mutual benefit of the people of the two countries.
The Prime Minister said he looks forward to the opportunity to have an in depth exchange of views on further consolidating the robust and wide-ranging partnership between India and the United States.
India’s partnership with the United States is multi-layered and diverse, supported by not just Governments but all the stakeholders on both sides. I look forward to building a forward looking vision for our partnership with the new Administration in the United States under President Trump.
Apart from official meetings with President Trump and his cabinet colleagues, the Prime Minister will be meeting some prominent American CEOs. He will also be interacting with the Indian diaspora in the United States.
On 27 June, Modi will be visiting the Netherlands. This year the two countries are celebrating 70 years of the establishment of Indo-Dutch diplomatic relation. During the visit, the Prime Minister will have an official meeting with the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. He will also call on King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and meet Queen Maxima.
During his meeting Prime Minister Rutte, the bilateral relations will be reviewed and there will be an exchange of views on important global issues, including counter-terrorism and climate change.
Economic relations form the core of bilateral relations between India and the Netherlands, the Prime Minister has underscored adding that the Netherlands is India’s 6th largest trading partner in the EU and 5th largest investment partner globally. The Dutch expertise in areas such as water and waste management, agriculture and food processing, renewable energy and ports and shipping, matches with India”s development needs, the Prime Minister has pointed out while emphahsing that Indo-Dutch economic engagement is a win-win proposition.
During this visit, Modi will also be meeting with CEOs of major Dutch companies and will encourage them to join the Indian growth story.
The PM has noted that there are strong people to people relations between the two countries with the presence of second largest Indian Diaspora in Europe in the Netherlands.
The Prime said that he is looking forward to engaging with the Indian community in the Netherlands.