“Prime-Minister Narendra Modi’s presence in Porto, on Could 8, will certainly represent a historic milestone, as he’ll meet there, for the primary time ever, the 27 EU’s heads of state and authorities, on one hand, and can co-host, with Prime-Minister António Costa, an India-Portugal Summit, on the opposite,” Marques advised ET in an interview, forward of the Summit within the coastal Portuguese metropolis.
This will likely be Modi’s second go to to Portugal as PM. Portuguese leaders have visited India quite a few instances over the previous few years, eyeing to open a brand new chapter in ties.
The FTA and the opposite two agreements are being envisaged between India and the EU, the Portuguese envoy mentioned. “We’re assured that we could possibly announce some progress on these essential areas on the Porto assembly and each India and the EU are working actively — at political and technical ranges — with the intention to obtain this formidable objective. It is a momentum to not be missed,” he added.
“Our expectations for this Summit are certainly excessive, ever since our wealthy and diversified relationship has attained a strong consolation degree, primarily based on maturity and belief, the time has come to consubstantiate it with a extra structured strategy and description a transparent perspective of the long run that it has lacked till now. This will likely be then a time of analysis and planning, on the political, financial, scientific, technical and people-to-people ranges,” Marques mentioned.