PM Modi performs 'aarti' at Radha Krishna temple in Lisbon, Portugal

Noting that the visit would be a huge step for India, Bakshi said that the two may discuss the deal between Lockheed Martin and Tata over F 16, and 22 predator Guardian drones. The deal is estimated to be worth about $2 billion.

However, the offer is still subject to congressional approval.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to spend almost five hours with US President Donald Trump in order to know each other well, forge a strong personal bond and take forward a solid bilateral relationship when they meet at the White House on Monday. However, Washington and New Delhi share concerns about China's rise as a military power.

If the Indian navy gets the unarmed surveillance drones it wants to keep watch over the Indian Ocean it would be the first such purchase by a country that is not a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance.

With the United States expected to authorise India's purchase of naval drones, a senior White House official cautioned on Friday that any USA military transfer to India would not represent a threat to its rival neighbour Pakistan. He has said his one-day visit to the country will further strengthen relations between India and Portugal. "It is also expected to establish a network of honorary ambassadors based in India and Portugal to guide start-ups from both countries", it said.

Earlier, India and Portugal announced a four million euros joint fund to bolster research in science and technology as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held in-depth talks with his Portuguese counterpart on cooperation in areas like counter-terrorism, space and climate studies. A source tracking the discussions said the US State Department had dropped its objections to the sale of the Guardian drones to India. In that, he's likely to find common ground with Trump. White House aides focused on something even more Trumpian.

The Indian prime minister landed in the United States on Saturday evening, beginning a two-day visit through which he hopes to forge a relationship with Mr Trump, and to build on the economic and defence ties he established with Mr Obama.

"Indians have carried their cultural heritage with them and have always been proud of them", Modi said addressing the diaspora Indians in Lisbon.

Yet Trump has been unpredictable with New Delhi so far.

Listing the commonalities between Portugal and India, Modi said both countries had democratic values and were keen to take different communities across the world and could work for the larger cause of global good.

Trump wrongly asserted that India made its participation in the agreement contingent on "billions and billions and billions" of foreign aid.

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