Indian PM Modi visits Portugal on trip to meet with Trump

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"This is the PM's first with Trump, this meet may not be hyped like Prime Minister's earlier visit, but it holds great importance".

"The White House is every interested in making this a special visit", the senior administration official said.

Thanking Portugal for supporting India's United Nations Security Council bid, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that both nations have agreed to setup a four million Euros worth of science and technology fund.

Both leaders will give a joint statement after the one-on-one meeting but, in what would be a departure from White House protocol, will not take questions from the media.

"His first visit with Obama was more of a social event".

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, the USA company that makes the drones, said the government already has approved the sale of 22 unarmed drones worth $2 billion to India.

The briefing was the first substantive elaboration by the Trump administration of its India policy and the way forward.

In January, this year, PM Costa was among the 30 people conferred the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman awards by President Pranab Mukherjee.

The drones will significantly enhance the Indian Navy's capabilities to keep an eye on the vast oceans. He will meet Trump on June 26, Monday.

The decision to clear the sale of drones is a major step forward and a break from the past.

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Such a sale of sensitive military hardware must be authorized by the State Department before being sent to Congress for review. In other words, Pakistan would complain about behind left behind.

India has raised the issue of the drones with the Pentagon three times since June 2016, officials said. "Our economic ties continue to follow an upward trajectory, and we can do more for the flow of goods, services, capital and human resources", he said. The nature of the relationships are different.

He said the Dutch expertise in areas like water and waste management, agriculture, food processing, renewable energy, and ports and shipping, matches with India's development needs.

Deviating from protocol, Costa came to see off Modi.

There are strong complementarities between India and Portugal in the start-up sector. New Delhi's efforts are appreciated not just by the Afghan government but also by the people, the official said.

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.

The official said that the PM trip is an opportunity to strengthen the US-India strategic partnership, which is a critical partnership in promoting the stability and security in not only Pacific Asia but also globally.

"We are also interested in continuing our cooperation with Pakistan", the official said adding that the United States is concerned about tensions between India and Pakistan.

The H-1B visa programme has been the most favoured route by IT companies to send Indian engineers to the U.S., and the Indian IT industry has always been accused of misusing the current system to send more people to the United States, it added. "The goal is to provide a shared environment to support research and foster new climate, earth, space and marine research" SAID AN OFFICIAL RELEASE.

Seema Sirohi is a Washington DC-based commentator.

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