Indian PM Modi visits Portugal on trip to meet with Trump

After the United States 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. From the outside, the two leaders appeared to enjoy a genuine friendship with frequent meetings, fraternal hugs and warm words.

Trump is set to meet Modi on Monday.

Despite a $66 billion trading relationship that is India's second-largest, Trump's "America First" rhetoric may make it hard for him to find common ground with a prime minister prioritizing a parallel "Make in India" campaign.

"The meeting between the two leaders is very significant, obviously, because the new administration's policies towards Asia and particularly India, are not very clear", said Sujit Datta, foreign policy specialist at New Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia University. India and Pakistan should engage in direct talks and seek a normalization of ties, the official said.

During the visit, Modi will meet with Trump on Monday.

A small group of people from the Indian community were waiting outside Willard InterContinental to catch a glimpse of the Indian prime minister.

However, his focus will be on his first encounter with Mr Trump, for whom a personal connection matters more than consensus on bilateral issues.

Trump met Chinese President Xi Jinping in April and has also had face time with the leaders of nations including Japan, Britain and Vietnam since taking office in January, prompting anxiety in New Delhi that India is no longer a priority in Washington.

Modi is likely to lobby Trump on visas for technology workers. Modi will stop for a day in the Netherlands on the way home from the US.

Noting that the USA is very much interested in facilitating India's defence modernisation, and helping to enhance its role as a leader in the Asia Pacific, the official said the Trump Administration believes that a strong India is good for the US.

Modi's three-day visit to the United States will begin on Sunday.

"Many sectors of the Indian economy remain highly and unjustifiably protected, and India continues to be a hard place for American companies to do business", they wrote, noting that a 2017 World Bank report ranked India 130th out of 190 countries for ease of doing business. Also, what will this visit mean for Pakistan and China, given India's thorny relations and America's complex ties with those two countries?

Costa said India and Portugal "will make a great deal of progress in digital partnerships".

In a statement, Patrick Kilbride, Vice President of International Intellectual Property, Global Intellectual Property Center said from the halls of the Congress to the Trump administration, U.S. leaders have placed an emphasis on ensuring American innovation is respected overseas.

  • Larry Hoffman