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The Prime Minister will also meet with the Indian community living in the country during the visit.

The Prime Minister also said that he was looking forward to interacting with the Indian diaspora here later on Saturday.

After the USA visit, Modi will travel to the Netherlands on June 27 where he will have a meeting with the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and call on King Willem-Alexander and meet Queen Maxima.

"I think that it would be wrong to say that this administration has been ignoring or not focused on India", a senior administration official told reporters ahead of the two-day Modi visit from June 25. The Netherlands is our sixth largest trading partner in the European Union and fifth largest investment partner globally. Portugal PM Costa is partially of Indian origin and his election in 2015 has opened avenues for energising bilateral relations between the two nations.

On whether the contentious H-1B visa issue would come up for discussion during the meeting, a senior administration official said it was unlikely to be raised from the United States side but if raised by the Indian side, the Americans were ready for it.

The highlight of PM Modi's four-day three-nation visit will be the U.S. leg as PM Modi will be meeting President Donald Trump for the first time on June 26 in Washington. The Prime Minister will attend a dinner at Necessidades Palace.

India and the United States will also discuss the sale of USA fighter jets during Modi's trip, in what could be the biggest deal since they began deepening defense ties more than a decade ago.

At the airport, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was received by Portugal's Minister of Foreign Affairs Augusto Santos Silva, at Lisbon in Portugal.

It said the U.S. is interested in providing India with the kind of defence technology it normally reserves for its closest allies, signalling the Trump administration's resolve to strengthen the bilateral defence relationship. I would be exchanging views with PM Rutte on important global issues including counter-terrorism and climate change.

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa had in January visited India for a week, during which he also visited his ancestral place in Goa. The highlight of Modi's four-day three-nation visit will be the United States leg as Modi will be meeting President Donald Trump for the first time on June 26 in Washington.

  • Joanne Flowers