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President Ram Nath Kovind (right) greets his Portuguese counterpart Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa during a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Friday.

Portugal President to arrive in state today

Panaji: Portugal President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who is on an official visit to India, will arrive in Goa on Saturday.

During his two-day visit to the state, a memorandum of understanding on water and sewage management will be signed between the Portuguese government and the state public works department.

Minister for Public Works Deepak Pauskar told ‘The Navhind Times’ on Friday that a function for signing the MoU will be held at a Dona Paula hotel on Saturday.

The agreement will be signed between ‘Aguas de Portugal’ and the PWD.

Portugal will provide technical assistance to the PWD for operational efficiency of the Goa water system and the sewage management, Pauskar said, adding that Portugal will provide consultancy for augmenting the water and sewage management system of the state.

In the Saturday evening, Sousa will inaugurate a seminar on urban designs organised by the state-run Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Limited.

Sousa will also partake in the dinner hosted by Goa Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday evening at Raj Bhavan.

On Sunday, Sousa will visit Santa Monica Church and Museum of Christian Art at Old Goa.

He will leave the state on Sunday evening. PTI ADDS FROM NEW DELHI:  India and Portugal on Friday exchanged 14 agreements and understandings in a number of key areas, including maritime, intellectual property rights, aerospace and scientific research, as President Ram Nath Kovind hosted his Portuguese counterpart here.

Kovind received Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on his first state visit to India.

Kovind said Portugal-India relations are very special and the two countries enjoy 500 years of shared history.

“The two countries are closely tied together through Goa and Mumbai, through our culture, language and kinship,” he said.

Kovind thanked Portugal for extending its support for the commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.

The President said the India-Portugal bilateral agenda has expanded several folds. The two countries are collaborating in science and technology, defence, education, innovation and startup, water and environment among other things, he added.

Calling terrorism a grave threat to the entire world, Kovind said, “We should deepen our cooperation further to defeat and destroy this global menace.”

He also said that climate change was a pressing global challenge today and India looked forward to Portugal joining the International Solar Alliance in the near future.

The two Presidents welcomed the exchange of agreements and understandings between India and Portugal in the fields of maritime heritage, maritime transport and port development, migration and mobility, startups, intellectual property rights, aerospace, nano-biotechnology, audio visual co-production, yoga, diplomatic training, scientific research and public policy.

Speaking on the occasion, Kovind said, “Our global partnership has added depth to our multilateral engagement and to our common desire to fashion a multi-polar world-order.”

“India looks forward to becoming an associate observer of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, so that we can amplify our developmental partnerships in Africa and elsewhere,” he added.

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