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India, Spain Sign Seven Pacts During Prime Minister Modi’s Visit

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (L) poses with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain May 31, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Susana Vera

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (L) poses with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain May 31, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Susana Vera

Madrid: India and Spain today (May 31) 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 Prime Minister 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 prime minister 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 totaled 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.