In Modi, Trump has a leader he can truly work with

Minister Narendra Modi meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Russia

This is the first-ever bilateral visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Portugal and follows Costa's visit to India in January this year.

To address growing concerns on H-1B visa rules among domestic IT companies, Modi during his two-day visit to the USA will explain how the H-1B visa programme has benefited both countries, Livemint reported citing Indian IT industry trade body Nasscom, as saying.

The symbolic gesture comes just days before Modi's first meeting with Trump this weekend at the White House.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday arrived in Lisbon on the first leg of his three-nation tour during which he will hold talks with his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa to boost bilateral ties.

He will be on a day's visit the Netherlands on June 27.

"Prime Minister Costa represents the best of the Indian diaspora across the world", Modi said during a joint address to the media with Costa. White House officials dismissed suggestions that the administration has ignored India.

To be sure, Trump and Modi have never met before, but there's reason to believe that the president might find a friend in the prime minister.

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Of course, a central topic in the coming talks in Washington is likely to be another issue invoking disparate assessments of benefit that has shifted significantly under the Donald Trump administration: the future of the H1B visa program.

"The US also has a defence partnership with Pakistan".

He will head towards US afterwards where he will meet US President Donald Trump. Yoder said Congressional leaders are also waiting to see if money raised in campaign contributions for House elections could be put to use for security as well.

His remarks come amid growing concerns in India over the crackdown on H-1B visas, the most sought-after by Indian IT professionals.

Echoing similar views, industry association Assocham has recently said that the prime minister should push India's case by highlighting that American corporations enjoy liberal market access in India while repatriating profits back home, The Times of India reported. "These kinds of sales that we're talking about are important for the strategic partnership, for cooperating in areas like the Indian Ocean region, increasing that cooperation, serving the interests of both countries", the official said. Instead, the role of the Indian American community and Indian students in supporting U.S. jobs came in for praise. But Mr Trump too, with his own "America First" agenda, has promised repeatedly to bring manufacturing jobs back from overseas to the US.

However, a senior administration official refrained from confirming reports that the State Department has approved the sale of 22 Guardian drones to India.

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