India, Netherlands to set up ‘Strategic Partnership on Water’

New Delhi: India and the Netherlands have decided to set up ‘Strategic Partnership on Water’.

The decision was taken during the virtual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte on Friday.

“The two Prime Ministers agreed on instituting a ‘Strategic Partnership on Water’ to further deepen the Indo-Dutch cooperation in the water-related sector, and upgrading the Joint Working Group on water to Ministerial-level,” said the PMO.

It added that during the Summit, the two leaders had a detailed review of the entire spectrum of bilateral engagements and exchanged views on further expanding and diversifying the relationship in trade and economy, water management, agriculture sector, smart cities, science & technology, healthcare and space.

The leaders also exchanged views on regional and global challenges such as climate change, counter-terrorism and Covid-19 pandemic and agreed to leverage the emerging convergences in new areas like Indo-Pacific, Resilient Supply Chains, and Global Digital Governance.

(Video Credit: Narendra Modi You Tube Channel)

Prime Minister Modi thanked the Netherlands for their support to International Solar Alliance (ISA) and Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI). PM Modi also welcomed the Netherlands’ Indo-Pacific Policy and its desire to collaborate during India’s G20 Presidency in 2023.

The two leaders reiterated their commitment to a rules-based multilateral order for ensuring international peace, stability and prosperity and looked forward to a successful India-EU Leaders’ Meeting in Porto, Portugal in May 2021, added the PMO.

It was the first high level Summit attended by PM Rutte after the general elections held in March 2021. PM Modi congratulated PM Rutte on his election victory and on becoming the Prime Minister of the Netherlands for the fourth consecutive term. (PR)

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