Netherlands PM Mark Rutte on two-day visit to India

Amsterdam: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the Prime Minister of Netherlands, Mark Rutte at Amsterdam, Netherlands. PTI Photo / PIB

Amsterdam: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the Prime Minister of Netherlands, Mark Rutte at Amsterdam, Netherlands. PTI Photo / PIB

Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte is on two-day visit to India today and tomorrow with an aim to boost the economic and political cooperation between the two countries.

Rutte’s visit comes within a year of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the European nation and it will be his second visit to India since June 2015 but the first after being re-elected as prime minister in 2017.

“The visit is likely to boost the economic and political cooperation between India and the Netherlands,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

It is said that Rutte would be convoyed by a high-level delegation comprising deputy prime minister, minister for infrastructure and water management, minister for foreign trade and development cooperation and minister for medical care.

In addition, about 231 business delegates representing 130 companies had registered to join the Trade Mission accompanying Rutte to India, the MEA said.

Besides the official appointments here, Rutte is likely to visit Bengaluru.

The Netherlands is the fifth largest investor in India with a cumulative investment of USD 23 billion from 2000 to Dec 2017.

India and the Netherlands have a bilateral trade of USD 5.39 billion and they are likely to focus on increasing it further.

The Netherlands is also home to a 2,35,000-strong Indian diaspora, the largest in mainland Europe.

 (With Inputs from PTI)