Dutch PM Mark Rutte arrives in India


Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of The Netherlands, arrived in India last night on a two-day visit to further the political and economic ties between the two countries.

During his visit, Rutte will hold talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, followed by a round-table of the Dutch and Indian delegations, which will include representatives of large companies from both the countries.

On the second day of his visit, Prime Minister Rutte will meet young Dutch entrepreneurs in Mumbai, followed by a meeting with Tata Group CEOs, according to reports. He is also set to meet Maharashtra Chief Minister Denvendra Fadnavis with whom he will participate in a seminar “Dutch Ideas for the Coastal Road”, where the application of Dutch expertise for the construction of a coastal highway with a Metro line on the west coast of Mumbai will be discussed.

Rutte has been accompanied by the Dutch minister for foreign trade, Lilianne Ploumen, and minister for agriculture Sharon Dijksma on this visit.

The Netherlands is India’s fourth largest trading partner within the European Union and is one of the top five investors in India. The two countries also share common ideals of democracy, pluralism and the rule of law.