India and Portugal have signed six memorandum of understandings (MoUs)/agreements including in defence cooperation on 7 Jan 2017 in New Delhi. These agreements were signed after delegation level talks Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his visiting Portugal counterpart António Costa who is chief Guest of 2017 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. Recently Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Portugal and had meeting with the president. They both come to an conclusion for making agreements in various fields to enhance the capabilities of both the countries.
Six agreements that were signed are mentioned below:
1. MoU on Defence.
2. MoU on Renewable Energy.
3. MoU on Marine Research and Resources.
4. MoU in the Agriculture and Allied Sectors.
5. MoU in the field of Information Technology and Electronics.
6. MoU on the establishment of an ICCR Chair of Indian Studies in University of Lisbon.
Apart from this, an agreement on visa waiver for holders of diplomatic passports was also signed. It allows visa free travel for diplomatic passport holders of India and Portugal to each other’s countries for short term visits.
The defence agreement between both countries aims to boost joint production and development of niche weapons systems. It was signed following Portugal’s support to India’s multilateral plans in various technology regimes including Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) in which India secured membership in 2016.