New Delhi (NVI): India and Netherlands today agreed to build a ‘Strategic Partnership on Water’ to strengthen Indo-Dutch cooperation, and upgrading the Joint Working Group on water to Ministerial-level.
During the high-level virtual summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands had a detailed review of the entire spectrum of bilateral engagements and exchanged views on further expanding and diversifying the relationship in trade and economy, water management, agriculture sector, smart cities, science and technology, healthcare and space.
It was the first high level Summit attended by PM Rutte after the general elections held in March 2021.
“During the summit, the two Prime Ministers agreed on instituting a ‘Strategic Partnership on Water’ to further deepen the Indo-Dutch cooperation in the water related sector, and upgrading the Joint Working Group on water to Ministerial-level,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
The Ministry said that India and the Netherlands have a strong and steady relationship, nurtured by the shared values of democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights and the historic bonds of friendship between the two countries.
The leaders also exchanged views on regional and global challenges such as climate change, counter-terrorism and COVID-19 pandemic and agreed to leverage the emerging convergences in new areas like Indo-Pacific, Resilient Supply Chains and Global Digital Governance.
During the meeting, Prime Minister Modi also congratulated PM Rutte on his election victory and on becoming the Prime Minister of the Netherlands for the fourth consecutive term.
He thanked the Netherlands for their support to International Solar Alliance (ISA) and Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).
“PM Modi also welcomed the Netherlands’ Indo-Pacific Policy and its desire to collaborate during India’s G20 Presidency in 2023,” the ministry said.
The two leaders reiterated their commitment to a rules-based multilateral order for ensuring international peace, stability and prosperity and looked forward to a successful India-EU Leaders’ Meeting in Porto, Portugal in May 2021.