Dutch PM Mark Rutte Gifts Bicycle To PM Modi

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The Hague: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has gifted a bicycle to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the latter’s day-long visit to The Netherlands on Tuesday.

“Thank you @MinPres @markrutte for the bicycle,” PM Narendra Modi tweeted today, soon after his return from the Netherlands where he held wide-ranging talks with the Dutch prime minister.

The Dutch PM with a big smile on his face was also seen standing besides PM Modi when he was riding the bicycle.

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In the Netherlands, cycling is a way of life. In fact, with 18 million bicycles and just 16 million Dutch inhabitants, there are more bicycles than people, according to the invest in Holland website.

In a special gesture, Rutt had yesterday tweeted in both Hindi and Dutch languages welcoming Modi and said he was keen to meet him at a time when the two countries are celebrating 70 years of the establishment of Indo-Dutch diplomatic relations.

Modi returned to New Delhi this morning after concluding a three-nation tour to Portugal, the US and the Netherlands.