Portuguese PM Costa treats his counterpart Modi with special Gujarati veg lunch

Posted June 26, 2017

"Our cooperation helps increase global security and advance economic opportunity in both countries", Warner said in response to a question.

Observing that this defence trade has supported thousands of American jobs, the official said since 2008, India has signed over United States dollars 15 billion in defence contracts with the US. "Then they will each give press statements", the official, said clarifying that it would not be a press conference.

He also stated that a community event has been organised by Ambassador of India to U.S. Navtej Sarna, where 700 community leaders will be in attendance and said "it will be a high-impact event". "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.

"So there's really been no changes as such at this point, and no specific changes that target any specific country or sector as of yet", said the senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

"India and US interactions are multi dimensional in nature that includes developing global counter terrorism strategy and focus on jihadi terrorism born in Pakistan that impacts India, Afghanistan and Bangladesh".

"We're looking forward to strengthening ties between the United States and India".

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the Trump administration realises that the "pace and scope" of its relationship with each country is going to be different, according to PTI reports.

Among other things, PM Modi and President Trump will also be discussing global cooperation and things like burden-sharing. "This includes freedom of navigation and overflight", the official asserted. "So I came to see and meet him", said another.

"Right now, two-way trade in goods and services totals over Dollars 114 billion".

"We will deliberate on means to intensify our cooperation in counter-terrorism and on other worldwide issues of mutual interest", Modi said, adding that he was keen to interact with the Indian community in Portugal.

"But I will simply note that the defence relationship is extremely important".

The visit will also demonstrate the strong people-to-people ties, the White House official said. Modi is on a one day visit to Portugal.

Today, almost four million Indian Americans are in the United States, and more than 166,000 Indian students are studying in the U.S., contributing Dollars 5 billion in economic activity and supporting an estimated 64,000 American jobs, the official said. We think he is a great leader. For one, they are the world's two most followed political leaders on social media.

Departing from protocol, Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva received Prime Minister Modi at the airport earlier in the day. "They're both innovators, they're both businessmen, they're committed to bringing greater prosperity to their people and thinking about innovative ways to do that", the official noted. "It's in the interests of the region, and even the globe, given that they're both nuclear-weapon powers", the official said.