India, Portugal sign defence agreement



In a bid to boost joint production and development of niche weapons systems, India and Portugal on Saturday entered into a defence agreement — one of the seven sealed during the Delhi visit of Prime Minister of Portugal Antonio Costa. 

The agreement came following Portugal’s support to India’s multilateral plans in various technology regimes including Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) where India secured membership in 2016.

Following the meeting at the Hyderabad House, both the delegations issued a joint statement highlighting convergence of interests. “Underscoring the substantial opportunities in India’s defence sector and the niche technological competencies of the Portuguese defence industry, Prime Minister Modi invited Portuguese companies to ‘Make in India’ and set up joint ventures and commercial partnerships based on joint production and technology transfer,” the joint statement stated.

Earlier, on arriving in India, Mr. Costa announced that his family shared personal ties with India. “It is a great honour for me to be back in India, my father’s country, as the Prime Minister of Portugal,” he said on Twitter.Reciprocating his comments, Mr. Modi said, “You are neither a stranger to India, nor is India unfamiliar to you.” Mr. Modi presented the guest with a copy of a novel by the late Goan novelist Orlando Costa, father of the visiting Prime Minister.

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