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EAM Jaishankar highlights need for direct air connectivity between India and Portugal to enhance ties

Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. Picture Courtesy: @DrSJaishankar

Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has highlighted the necessity for direct air connectivity between India and Portugal to broaden bilateral exchanges, as he addressed the Indian diaspora in Portugal throughout his ongoing tour of Europe.

Jaishankar, who was in Lisbon on the primary leg of his four-day go to to Portugal and Italy, was joined by his Portuguese counterpart, Joao Gomes Cravinho, throughout his assembly with the neighborhood on Wednesday.

Throughout his deal with, Jaishankar mentioned he highlighted the contribution of Portugal in the direction of nearer ties between India and the European Union (EU) and in addition shared the transformation underway in India.

“Addressed the Indian Community in Portugal. Thank FM @JoaoCravinho for joining,” Jaishankar posted on X.

“Highlighted Portugal’s contribution in promoting closer India-EU ties. The Porto 2021 Summit is a milestone. Recognised the relevance of the Migration and Mobility Partnership in a Global workplace,” he mentioned.

“Appreciated the need for direct air connectivity. Shared the transformation underway in India that provides new opportunities for cooperation. Urged the community to contribute to the 50th anniversary celebrations of our diplomatic ties,” he added.

On Tuesday, Jaishankar mentioned modern challenges and the additional improvement of bilateral ties with Prime Minister Antonio Costa.

“We see a lot of new energy and activities across several sectors. Trade and investment is clearly a strong driving force. Indian companies like Indian IT companies, especially, have made their mark in Portugal,” Jaishankar mentioned as a part of the joint press assertion with Portugal’s overseas minister on Tuesday.

Jaishankar mentioned the Joint Financial Committee could be requested to observe up on a number of the discussions that the 2 leaders had and see what extra we may do in well being, prescribed drugs, renewable vitality.

“We also discussed defence cooperation, start-ups, and innovation as well. There was some talk between us on direct air connectivity because that is today a missing piece in the relationship,” he mentioned.

“We’re very confident that our exchanges will expand once we can make progress on that. And both of us put a lot of weight on the development of tourism, and that too would grow with direct air connectivity.”

The 2 sides reviewed the implementation of the Settlement on the recruitment of Indian residents to work in Portugal.

“I do want to say that we have always regarded Portugal as one of our key partners in the European Union. The first-ever India-EU Summit was actually held in 2000 under the Portuguese presidency. The first-ever India-EU at a 27 leadership Summit was also held in 2021 under the Portuguese presidency,” the joint assertion quoted Jaishankar as saying.

“So we count very much on the Portuguese support for our FTA negotiations with the EU that are underway,” he mentioned.

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