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Diaspora Indians 'real ambassadors' of India in Portugal: PM Narendra Modi

25 June 2017

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday departed for his three-nation tour visit to Portugal, United States and The Netherlands.

The symbolic gesture comes just days before Modi's first meeting with Trump this weekend at the White House.

America's ties with India and Pakistan are qualitatively different, and they are not a zero-sum equation, a senior White House official said on Friday, previewing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first meeting with President Donald Trump on Monday.

PM Modi thanked the Portuguese prime minister for his consistent support for India's permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council, and of the Multilateral Export Control Regime.

Modi said that Portugal is a big fan of football and added that it connected India and Portuguese societies. Notably, this will be the first dinner by the Trump administration for a visiting foreign leader.

Modi will head to the United States on the invitation of President Donald Trump.

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Defense cooperation, the US trade deficit with India, counter-terrorism efforts and regional tensions are expected to be discussed between the two leaders. Yoder said Congressional leaders are also waiting to see if money raised in campaign contributions for House elections could be put to use for security as well. But some of the defence systems that we're talking about we don't believe impact Pakistan.

Modi, 66, has made his reputation as a strong - some say authoritarian - leader who has made his country's economic progress the hallmark of his administration, trotting the globe to drum up foreign investment.

Citing a 17 per cent growth in bilateral trade and doubling of FDI from Portugal during past one year, the Prime Minister said economic ties between the two countries are on an upward trajectory.

"The most notable deliverable likely to emerge from the visit is the announcement of the USA decision to sell India 22 unmanned Guardian drones, a request which had been at the top of Modi's wish list".

These mutual benefits, that level of trust and interdependence, are what advocates of the US-India strategic partnership, my organisation prominently among them, have been working for and hoping for-for decades.

But there could be increased strains on trade issues.

Marillyn Hewson, the CEO of Lockheed Martin which is bidding to produce F-16 fighter planes in India, will also meet Modi.