Portugal Prime Minister to pay visit to India on December 19

Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Costa will be visiting India from December 19-20 on an invitation extended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the second meeting of the Organising Committee on the celebrations for the 150th Birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Dec 19, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

The Organising Committee meeting would be presided over by President Ram Nath Kovind.

Prime Minister Antonio Costa will hold official talks with Prime Minister Modi in the forenoon of Dec 19. This will be the third official meeting between the Prime Ministers in a span of 3 years. They have also met on the sidelines of various multilateral events. Prime Minister Costa’s present visit to India is his first bilateral visit outside Europe after being re-elected as PM on October 6 this year, it said.

The high level political exchanges between India and Portugal have imparted a robust momentum to bilateral relations, including in several new areas such as science and technology, defence, startups, shipping, youth exchanges and culture. This visit would provide another opportunity to the leaders to review the whole gamut of bilateral relations and forge closer cooperation in areas of mutual interest, it added.