EAM Jaishankar meets Foreign Minister of Portugal on Bilateral Trade

Oct 14: Dr. S. Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister had a virtual meeting with his Portuguese counterpart Mr. Augusto Santos Silva, Foreign Minister on 14 October 2020. Both leaders undertook a detailed review of bilateral ties including the extensive cooperation between the two countries during the Covid-19 pandemic and possibilities of cooperation in the post-Covid scenario. The two ministers appreciated the upward trajectory in the bilateral ties witnessed in the last few years highlighted by frequent exchanges of high-level visits. They agreed that the momentum in the ties will be maintained particularly in new areas of cooperation such as migration & mobility partnership, defense cooperation, and deepening of economic ties. The leaders also discussed India – EU relations and agreed to work closely for the next India – EU27 leaders meeting during Portugal’s Presidency in 2021 for which Prime Minister Antonio Costa has already issued an invitation to Prime Minister Modi. They reaffirmed their commitment to reformed multilateralism and agreed to maintain close contact and coordination on regional and global issues with particular reference to India’s presence in the United Nations Security Council from 2021.