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Vietnam & Netherlands pledge to deepen ties

Released at: 14:12, 11/07/2017

Vietnam & Netherlands pledge to deepen ties

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) and PM Mark Rutte. Photo: VNA

Vietnam is an important partner of the Netherlands in Southeast Asia and a market of great potential, PM Mark Rutte tells PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc on July 10 during the latter's official visit.

by Nguyen Quoc

During their talks in The Hague on July 10, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte reiterated their determination to deepen the relationship between Vietnam and the Netherlands in a sustainable fashion, the Vietnam News Agency reports.

At the talks, which took place following a welcome ceremony for PM Phuc the same day, both reviewed bilateral cooperation over recent times, especially in the priority areas of climate change response and water management, agriculture, oil and gas, and seaports and logistics services.

PM Phuc congratulated the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy led by PM Rutte on its victory in the general election on March 15.

He stressed that Vietnam always attaches importance to enhancing the friendship and multi-faceted cooperation with the Netherlands, one of the country’s leading partners in the EU.

For his part, PM Rutte affirmed that Vietnam is key partner of the Netherlands in Southeast Asia and a market of potential.

He said the Dutch Government and business community back the early signing and ratification of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), which, he said, is expected to open up new opportunities for investment and business cooperation between the two sides.

The two PMs noted that the Netherlands has become Vietnam’s second-largest European trade partner, with two-way trade reaching $6.7 billion in 2016, and the largest European investor in Vietnam, with total registered investment of $7.7 billion

Both believe there is still great potential for further cooperation.

The leaders noted with pleasure the initial results of the implementation of the Strategic Partnership Agreement on Climate Change Adaptation and Water Management signed by the two countries in 2010 and the Strategic Partnership Agreement on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security signed in 2014. They agreed to continue carrying out specific cooperation projects in these fields.

The Netherlands pledged to provide more support to Vietnam in updating the Mekong River Plan, restructuring and building regional connectivity, and accessing suitable financial resources and regional planning for climate change adaptation, while boosting collaboration between Rotterdam and Ho Chi Minh City.

The two sides also agreed to step up their partnership in sustainable high-tech agriculture and food safety, improving value chains for meat products, and conducting research on plant varieties adaptive to climate change.

They were delighted at cooperative achievements in other sectors, including aviation, tourism, and healthcare, as well as the affiliation between localities in the two countries.

Regarding specific orientations and measures to foster the friendship and cooperation between the two countries in the time ahead, the two PMs consented to maintaining exchanges of all-level delegations in order to intensify mutual trust and understanding and create favorable conditions for Vietnamese and Dutch businesses to increase their partnerships and investment in climate change and water management, sustainable high-tech agriculture, renewable energy, the maritime economy, and logistics and seaport services.

The two countries will also tighten their coordination and mutual support at multilateral organizations and forums in tandem with promoting bilateral affiliation in national defense and security and peacekeeping activities within the UN framework.

Regarding the East Sea, the leaders reiterated the significance of safeguarding peace, stability, security, and maritime and aviation safety and freedom of navigation in waters in the region and in the world.

PM Rutte emphasized the Netherlands’ backing of the views shared by Vietnam and other ASEAN nations to address disputes by peaceful measures, not to use force or threaten to use force, and abide by legal and diplomatic processes in line with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Following the talks, the two PMs and the World Bank Country Director for Vietnam signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in food safety management.

The two PMs also inked a letter of intent between the two governments on cooperation to facilitate and implement large-scale transformative projects for a sustainable Mekong Delta in Vietnam, and witnessed the signing of cooperation documents in infrastructure, combatting natural disasters, and seaports and logistic services by the ministries and agencies in the two countries.

PM Phuc used the occasion to invite PM Rutte to visit Vietnam, which was accepted with pleasure. The timing will be arranged via diplomatic channels.

At the end of the talks, the two sides issued a joint statement on the outcomes of PM Phuc’s official visit to the Netherlands from July 8-11.

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