PM Narendra Modi leaves for United States after concluding Portugal trip

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India and Portugal Saturday announced a four million euros joint fund to bolster research in science and technology as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held in-depth talks with his Portuguese counterpart on cooperation in areas like counter-terrorism, space, climate studies and start-ups.

Given Goa's strong cultural and historic connection with Portugal, Modi's visit, the first leg of his three-nation tour that will also take him to the USA and the Netherlands, is significant.

Costa visited India in January this year after becoming head of government last year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday offered his prayers and greetings to his countrymen on the occasion of Eid and the Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra and urged citizens to get inspired by these festivals, spread happiness and take the country forward.

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The two sides are expected to sign some agreements.

The other agreements signed are an India-Portugal space alliance, a protocol amending the double taxation avoidance agreement for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income, an MoU on Nano Technology, an MoU on Public Administration and governance reforms, an MoU on cultural cooperation, an MoU on biotechnology, and an MoU on a Portugal-India Business Hub. One of Modi's most famous videos displaying his penchant for camera was when he had visited the Facebook headquarter in the US.

"We are also determined to deepen our cooperation against terrorism and violent extremism", he said and thanked Lisbon for its "consistent support" for India's permanent membership of the UN Security Council and multilateral export control regimes.

Deviating from protocol, Costa came to see off Modi. Unlike Modi's famous reception in 2014 at the Madison Square Garden in NY, which was attended by tens of thousands of people, Sunday's reception is invitation-only. "Strong India-USA ties benefit our nations & the world", he had tweeted. He is scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump and members of the Indian community during his tour.

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