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The Vietnamese Prime Minister wrapped up his official visit to the Netherlands
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Mark Rutte sign the Letter of Intent to facilitate the implementation of the large-scale transformative projects for a sustainable Mekong Delta.Photo:VNA

During the visit, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held talks with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutteandmet with the President of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate.

At the talks, the two Prime Ministers reaffirmed their determination to deepen bilateral sustainable relationship; pledged to continue exchanges of delegations, especially high-level contacts to enhance mutual trust and understanding; create favorable conditions for businesses of both sides to increase investment in priority areas such as climate change and water management, high technology and sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, marine economics and logistics, andseaport.

The two leaders informed each other of their respective socio-economic and foreign relation developments; hailed the achievements of the two countries in recent years; andhighly appreciated the friendship and multifaceted cooperation between Vietnam and the Netherlands.

In economy, the two Prime Ministers appreciated the fact that Vietnam and the Netherlands have become important partners while the Netherlands is Vietnam's second largest European trade partner (two-way trade turnover in 2016 reached US$ 6.7) and is the largest European investor in Vietnam at present (with total registered FDI of $7.7 billion); and agreed that the two countries have great potential for cooperation.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte affirmed that the Dutch government and business community support the EU's early signing and ratification of the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) as it will open new opportunities for cooperation, investment and business with Vietnam.

The two Prime Ministersnoted with satisfaction the initial promising results of the Strategic Partnership Arrangement on Climate Change Adaptation and Water Management in 2010 as well as the Strategic Partnership Arrangement on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in 2014 and concurred to continue to actively implement relating specific cooperation projects.

The two sides agreed that the Netherlands will continue to support Vietnam with the Mekong Delta Plan, restructure and build regional linkage, access appropriate funding sources, develop regional plans on climate change adaptation, promote cooperation between Rotterdam and Ho Chi Minh Cities; at the same time, agreed to promote cooperation in high-tech and sustainable agriculture, food security, enhancing the value chain of meat products, and research into climate change adaptation crops...

The two leaders agreed to intensify close coordination and mutual support in multilateral organizations and forums and boost bilateral ties in the areas of national defense and security and peacekeeping within the United Nations framework.

On the East Sea, the two leaders affirmed the importance of maintaining peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the EastSea for the region and the world. Prime Minister Mark Rutte emphasized the Dutch position to support the stance of Vietnam and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in resolving disputes by peaceful means without using force or threatening to use force, observing legal and diplomatic procedures in accordance with international law, including the 1982United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

During the visit, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also met with the Mayor of Port City of Rotterdam Aboutaleb and Deputy Delta Programme Commissioner Hermen Borst.

Notably, among the investment promotion activities within the visit, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chaired the Vietnam-Netherlands Business Forum, witnessed the exchange of 11 cooperation documents between businesses of the two countries witha total registered capital of $700 million. The Prime Minister also attended the Round Table Business Conference; met and worked with, and had contacts with leading businesspersons and investors of the Netherlands.

During the visit to the Netherlands, the Prime Minister called at the Embassy of Vietnam in the Netherlands and met the embassy staff and the Vietnamese community in the Netherlands. The Prime Minister also visited and studied the model of education and research at Wageningen University; visited the RIKILT Food Security Research Institute and the Rotterdam International Port Operating Center - the largest seaport with state-of-the-art management technology in the world.

Synthesized by editor from VNA