India and Portugal have witnessed upward trajectory in their bilateral ties with frequent exchange of high-level visits in the last few years

India and Portugal on Wednesday agreed to maintain momentum in ties particularly in new areas of cooperation such as migration and mobility partnership, defence cooperation and deepening of economic ties.

The two countries during a virtual meeting between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva, also 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. Both sides also reaffirmed their commitment to reformed multilateralism.

Tweeting about the meeting, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said, “Co-chaired a productive ministerial review with FM Augusto Santos Silva of Portugal. Discussed deepening cooperation, migration & mobility and shared maritime interests. Reaffirmed our common commitment to multilateralism.”

During the meeting 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-19 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.

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 Narendra Modi.