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It is not only India’s growth figures, “which make us jealous,” but the need to contribute to change and build on the “excellent” political relations Portugal has with India that is prompting President Anibal Cavaco Silva to visit India.

India and Portugal are set to sign a bilateral extradition treaty when Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva visits India next week. Set to arrive in India next week for the first visit by a Portuguese head of state in 15 years, President Silva told a select group of visiting Indian journalists. Portugal, however, still reportedly has some reservations about the treaty because India has the death penalty, The Hindustan Times reported Thursday. Despite the death penalty issue, Portugal handed over to India gangster Abu Salem, who served some time in a Lisbon prison on passport fraud and other charges before the handover.

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