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India, Netherlands to hold virtual summit on Friday to discuss bilateral cooperation

ANI | April 08, 2021 05:43 PM
Photo credit: Embassy of India in The Hague, the Netherlands

New Delhi [India], April 8 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to hold a virtual summit with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte on Friday to discuss bilateral cooperation and look at new ways of strengthening the relationship.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a release that the forthcoming summit follows the recent victory of Prime Minister Rutte in the parliamentary elections and will sustain the momentum in the bilateral relationship provided by regular high-level interactions.

"During the Summit, the two leaders will discuss in detail our bilateral cooperation and look at new ways of strengthening the relationship. They will also exchange views on the regional and global issues of mutual interest," MEA said.

"India and the Netherlands share cordial and friendly relations underpinned by shared values of democracy, rule of law and freedom. Netherlands is home to the largest Indian diaspora in continental Europe," MEA added.

The ministry further said both countries have wide-ranging cooperation including in areas of water management, agriculture and food processing, healthcare, smart cities and urban mobility, science & technology, renewable energy and space.

The two countries also share a robust economic partnership with the Netherlands being the third-largest investor in India. There are over 200 Dutch companies present in India with a similar presence of Indian businesses in the Netherlands. (ANI)

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