New Delhi (NVI): Stating economic partnership as a key pillar of India-Netherlands bilateral ties, President Ram Nath Kovind invited Dutch companies to invest in India and be a part of country’s growth story.
Welcoming King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of Netherlands at a banquet hosted at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President said, “Dutch companies have a global name in the fields of agriculture, water management, port development, waste management and urban planning. He invited them to partner India in its growth story”.
He said, Netherlands was India’s 4th largest trading partner in the European Union (EU). The country was also among the leading investors in India and the companies here have made significant investment in Netherlands as well.
The President said that India and Netherlands share common concerns with regard to contemporary challenges, particularly climate action, cyber security and terrorism.
“Terrorism is among the gravest threats affecting the world today and we must come together to develop a strong global response to defeat and destroy this evil,” the President said.
The President also appreciated Netherlands’ support for India`s membership to the different Export Control Regimes and for its claim to a permanent seat in the UN Security Council.
While stating that Netherlands was home to the largest Indian community on mainland Europe, the President said that growing Indian students and professional community in Netherlands was making the cultural knot and technology pertnership stronger and deeper.