India, Spain sign 7 agreements during PM Modi’s visit

RSTV Bureau
Spanish Premier Mariano Rajoy, left waves as he shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday May 31, 2017. Narendra Modi is on an official visit to Spain.

Spanish Premier Mariano Rajoy, left waves as he shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday May 31, 2017. Narendra Modi is on an official visit to Spain.

India and Spain Wednesday signed seven agreements, including on cyber security and technical cooperation in civil aviation, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the European country.

The agreements were signed after Prime Minister Modi held wide-ranging talks with Spanish President Mariano Rajoy at the Moncloa Palace in the Spanish capital.

The two sides agreements on transfer of sentenced persons and visa waiver for holders of diplomatic passports.

Five MoUs were signed between the two countries on cooperation in organ transplantation, cyber security, renewable energy, civil aviation and one between India’s Foreign Service Institute and Diplomatic Academy of Spain.

Modi, the first Indian prime minister to visit Spain since 1988, praised the Spanish president saying under Rajoy’s leadership the country has undergone economic reforms “which is also the biggest priority of my government.”

Spain is India’s seventh largest trading partner in the European Union. Two-way trade totalled USD 5.27 billion in 2016.

Modi encouraged Spanish infrastructure, tourism, energy and defense companies to invest in priority sectors in India, saying “It’s a great time for Spanish companies to invest in India.