India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa met on FridayIndia's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on Friday explored in New Delhi some ways to deepen bilateral ties in areas including trade and investment.

New Delhi.- The Portuguese president is carrying out a four-day state visit to India, on an invitation by his counterpart Ram Nath Kovind, to examine bilateral relations and seek new ways of cooperation.

De Souza traveled accompanied by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Augusto Santos Silva, Secretary of State for Internationalization Eurico Brilhante Dias and Secretary of State for National Defense Jorge Seguro Sanches.

The Portuguese president on Friday was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the President of India, and visited the Raj Ghat Memorial, where he paid tribute to the Father of India, Mahatma Gandhi.

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu will also meet with the Portuguese president, who also expects to visit the Indian states of Maharashtra and Goa.

The relationships between India and Portugal gained momentum in recent years. The recent high-level political exchanges include Prime Minister Antonio Costa's visit to India in December 2019, and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi's visit to Portugal in June 2017. (PL)