India and Portugal resumed diplomatic relations on Tuesday (31 December) after a break of 20 years.
India and Portugal resumed diplomatic relations on Tuesday (31 December) after a break of 20 years. The re-establishment on official links between the two nations was formally agreed when Dr Mario Soares, the visiting Portuguese Foreign Minister, and India's Minister of External Affairs, Dr Y.B. Chavan, signed a new treaty of friendship.
The estrangement between India and Portugal had dragged on for two decades and had its roots in disagreements about Indian rights in the former Portuguese colonies of Goa, Daman and Diu.
However, on Tuesday, Dr Soares announced that Portugal recognised India's full sovereignty over the territories. This, he said, was the logical consequence of the new regime in Lisbon. He added that any conflict between the two countries had been caused by the regime in Portugal which had been replaced by the revolution of April, 1974.
Goa, the largest of Portugal's colonies in India had been established for four hundred years when, in 1961, India troops marched in and took over the territory.