Portugal President to visit India from February 13-16

The President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will pay a four-day state visit to India from February 13, the Ministry of External Affairs said.

The President of Portugal will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, it said.

This will be President Marcelo’s first visit to India; the last visit by a President of Portugal to India was in 2007.

During the visit, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will be accorded a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan on February 14, followed by a visit to Rajghat. The delegation level talks will be held with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House, it said.

President Ram Nath Kovind will meet the visiting President on 14 February 2020 and host a banquet in the honour of the visiting President.

India’s relations with Portugal are marked by warmth and friendship and have assumed dynamism in recent years. Recent high-level political exchanges include the visit of Prime Minister Antonio Costa to India in Dec 2019 and that of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Portugal in June 2017. The two countries have active and growing cooperation in the field of economy & business, science, culture and education. They share considerable convergences on international issues. The visit will provide an opportunity for the two sides to review progress in various sectors of bilateral relations and pursue new avenues of cooperation and exchange view on international issues of common interest, the statement said.