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Modi presents OCI card to Portugal’s Indian-origin PM Costa

Fifty-five-year-old Costa is of Indian-origin and his election in 2015 as Prime Minister has opened avenues for energising bilateral relations between the two nations.

india Updated: Jun 24, 2017 23:13 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) shares a lighter moment with his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa at the Necessidades Palace in Lisbon, Portugal, on June 24, 2017.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) shares a lighter moment with his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa at the Necessidades Palace in Lisbon, Portugal, on June 24, 2017. (Reuters Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday presented the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card to his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa during his day-long visit to Lisbon.

Modi, who is here on a brief visit, on Saturday held talks with Costa to discuss ways to further intensify bilateral relations.

Fifty-five-year-old Costa is of Indian-origin and his election in 2015 as Prime Minister has opened avenues for energising bilateral relations between the two nations.

“Prime Minister Costa represents the best of the Indian diaspora across the world,” Modi said during a joint address to the media with Costa.

Later during a community reception, Modi presented Costa with the OCI card. Costa during his visit to India in January had been awarded the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman by the President of India.

Modi, during the joint address to the media, also said apart from Costa’s Indian connection, football can further connect the people in the two countries.

“Portuguese passion for football runs deep, PM Costa himself is a big fan. This could form another league to further connect our societies,” Modi said.