India and Portugal sign six agreements, including defence

NEW DELHI: India and Portugal signed six agreements including one on defence cooperation pact between the two nations following talks between Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa and Indian PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi late Saturday night.

In a statement to reporters, Modi said India and Portugal had “built solid partnership on the basis of shared historical connection and global issues.”

The two leaders also called for eliminating terrorist safe havens and infrastructure, disrupting terrorist networks and their financing, and sought adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism by the UN.

Both countries also signed a joined declaration for cooperation in third countries which will encourage their private sector to undertake joint economic, commercial and industrial projects and investments in third countries to boost growth.

The other MoUs signed provided for cooperation in areas of information technology and electronics, agricultural trade including market access for agricultural products, deeper engagement in renewable energy and marine research.

Portugal PM, on his part, presented PM Modi with world renowned Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo’s jersey. The Portugal PM is on a seven-day visit to India.