Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Netherland’s Prime Minister Mark Rutte at joint media briefing. (Source: Press Information Bureau)  

Modi Arrives In The Netherlands On Final Leg Of Three-Nation Tour

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the Netherlands on the final leg of his three-nation tour, where he will hold talks with his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte to strengthen bilateral ties.

"Landed in the Netherlands. This is a visit of immense importance, which will lead to cementing ties with a valued friend," Modi tweeted after arriving in the Netherlands' capital following a hectic U.S. visit.

Modi was received at the Schiphol Airport here by Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders.

Modi, during his day-long visit, will have an official meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Rutte and call on King Willem-Alexander and meet Queen Maxima.

This year, the two countries are celebrating 70 years of the establishment of Indo-Dutch diplomatic relations.

"I look forward to meeting Prime Minister Rutte and reviewing our bilateral relations. I would be exchanging views with PM Rutte on important global issues including counter-terrorism and climate change," Modi had said before embarking on his three-nation tour that also took him to Portugal and the U.S.

Economic relations form the core of the bilateral relations and the Netherlands is India's sixth largest trading partner in the EU and fifth largest investment partner globally.

The Dutch expertise in areas such as water and waste management, agriculture and food processing, renewable energy and ports and shipping, matches with our development needs.
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister

"Indo-Dutch economic engagement is a win-win proposition," he said, adding he would be discussing with Rutte as to how the two sides should work to further harness the synergies.

He would also be meeting with CEOs of major Dutch companies and encourage them to join the Indian growth story.