The Hague: India and The Netherlands on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) on water cooperation and an agreement on Amending Social Security Arrangement.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte witnessed the signing ceremony. Earlier, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte lauded India for its commitment to renewable energy and Paris Climate Agreement.
“I commend India for its commitment to renewable energy and to the Paris Climate Agreement,” he said in a joint statement with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Catshuis.
PM Rutte said the bonds between Indian and Netherlands goes back to 1947 and these relations have become stronger over the years.
He said PM Modi has announced major sustainability initiatives like ‘Clean India’ and ‘Make in India’ and asserted that the Netherlands is a key partner of India in a achieving its goal.
PM Rutte further said that India’s development is opening doors to trade and investment in both the countries.He noted that 20 percent of India’s export to Europe enters through Netherlands.
Prime Minister on his part thanked Netherlands for helping India get membership of Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) last year. “It is with the help of Netherlands that India successfully got membership of Missile Technology Control Regime last year,” PM Modi said in joint statement with Dutch PM Mark Rutte at Catshuis.
PM Modi also expressed his gratitude to the warm welcome that has been accorded him and his entire delegation, adding that this shows Netherlands warm sentiments towards Indian people.
“This visit of mine to Netherlands was decided at a very short notice and yet I have to put in the record that the way visit has been organized not only would you agree to accommodating this visit at a short notice but in a very short period of time a very substantive programme has been setup and it is very result oriented program,” he said.
Asserting that ties between India and Netherlands are very old, PM Modi said that the bilateral relations between both sides are very strong. Emphasising on the Indian Diaspora in Netherlands, PM Modi said that they are the living links and living bridge between the two countries.
PM Modi arrived in the Netherlands on Tuesday on the final leg of his three-nation tour after concluding his visit to the United States