India, Dutch to fight terrorism

India and Netherlands agreed to set up a joint working group to counter terrorism. Addressing the media today in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked Prime Minister Mark Rutte for Dutch support for India’s permanent membership of United Nations Security Council. Rutte also expressed support for Make in India Mission and in the defence sector. Modi and Rutte interactions today reaffirmed Netherlands as a key partner in India’s economic development. Modi said that his visit has set the stage to take ties to the next level and realise the full potential of relationship. Both the leaders addressed a joint press conference.

The agreement on manufacturing of dredgers in India at the Cochin Shipyard is a welcome step to develop shipyards. Agreement on manufacturing of measles and rubella vaccine in India with transfer of technology represents another step to develop India’s manufacturing sector. Both PMs agreed to leverage Dutch expertise in developing coastal roads and metro lines in India and to set up a joint working group on Skill Development. In the renewable energy sector both are partners in developing joint pilot projects for an electric vehicle eco-system in India. A Dutch team is expected to draw a road-map for collaboration in the national clean Ganga mission. The joint statement outlines a road-map for cooperation in priority sectors of mutual interest, including infrastructure development, shipping, ports and inland waterways, renewable energy, science & technology; health and sports.

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