India, Portugal MoU on renewable energy approved

The MoU was signed on 6 January 2017 in New Delhi during the visit of the Prime Minister of Portugal Antonio Costa to India.

Created On: Mar 7, 2017 12:58 ISTModified On: Mar 7, 2017 16:29 IST

The Union Cabinet on 6 March 2017 gave its ex-post facto approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Renewable Energy between India and Portugal.

The approval was given at a meeting of the Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

India Portugal MoU Cabinet approved

Highlights of India-Portual MoU on Renewable Energy

• The MoU establishes the basis for a cooperative institutional relationship to encourage and promote technical bilateral cooperation on new and renewable issues.

• The future partnership will be strengthened on the basis of mutual benefit, equality and reciprocity.

• The MoU envisages constitution of a Joint Working Group (JWG), which can include members from scientific institutions, research centers, universities, or any other entity, as and when considered essential.

• The MoU will also help in strengthening overall bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

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Overview of India-Portugal relations

• Relations with Portugal today remain close, friendly and devoid of irritants.

• Diplomatic relations between India and Portugal were established in 1949.

• However, following problems in negotiations over Goa, all diplomatic and consular links were severed in 1 September 1955. Goa was liberated in 1961.

• Having overcome the irritants of 1961, the two countries share an excellent political relationship today. Portugal has consistently supported India at multilateral fora, including for a permanent seat at the UNSC. It also supported India in its bid for a non-permanent seat in 2011-12.

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• Cooperation between India and Portugal is also witnessed in the fact that Portugal agreed to extradite Abu Salem in 2004.

• With this, Portugal has become the first European Union nation to agree to extradition to India.

• Both the countries signed seven bilateral agreements in January 2017 during the visit of the Prime Minister of Portugal Antonio Costa to India.

• During the visit, both the countries released a Joint Declaration on Cooperation in Third Countries. The declaration is in tune with India’s ambition to extend soft power across the globe.

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