PM Narendra Modi leaves for Portugal on first leg of three-nation tour, to visit US next
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday left for Portugal, the first-leg of his three-nation tour that will also take him to the US and Netherlands. Modi will hold talks with the top leadership of the three countries to boost bilateral ties.
"PM @narendramodi emplaned for Portugal, after which he shall visit USA and Netherlands for important bilateral visits," the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) wrote on Twitter.
“Infusing fresh impetus to multifaceted relationships. PM @narendramodi departs for three nation tour,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted.
Modi will visit Portugal on Saturday before his trip to the US on June 26 and is expected to be on a whirlwind tour to the Netherlands on June 27.
In the first leg of the tour, Modi will visit Lisbon where he will have talks with Antonio Costa, the Portugal Prime Minister of Indian origin.
"Building on our recent discussions, we will review the progress of various joint initiatives and decisions," he said about his upcoming meeting with Costa.
United States of America (USA)
After concluding his Portugal visit, Modi will be lying to the US where he would meet President Donald Trump.
Ahead of his US visit, Modi said he looked forward to the opportunity of having an in-depth exchange of views.
"My USA visit is aimed at deepening ties between our nations. Strong India-USA ties benefit our nations & the world," he had tweeted.
In a statement posted on Facebook, Modi said his two-day visit to Washington from June 25 was at the invitation of Trump.
MEA Spokesperson Gopal Baglay had said Modi's visit to the US has "its own significance because it will be the first visit of the Prime Minister to engage with the new leader, with the new President (Donald Trump) after the elections last year" in the United States.
Apart from official meetings with Trump and his cabinet colleagues, Modi will be meeting some prominent American CEOs.
On his way back from the US, Modi will visit The Netherlands on June 27 for talks with the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in The Hague besides calling on King Willem-Alexander and meet Queen Maxima.
This year, the two countries are celebrating 70 years of the establishment of Indo-Dutch diplomatic relations.
"I look forward to meeting Prime Minister Rutte and reviewing our bilateral relations. I would be exchanging views with PM Rutte on important global issues including counter- terrorism and climate change," Modi said ahead of the visit.