Dutch PM to visit Bengaluru next week

Last Updated 18 May 2018, 18:56 IST

Prime Minister Mark Rutte of The Netherlands is likely to be the first foreign leader to be hosted by the new state government of Karnataka.

Rutte will visit Bengaluru during his tour to India next week. He will visit the Indian Space Research Organisation's headquarters, the Ministry of External Affairs stated on Friday.

Rutte will be on a two-day official visit to India starting May 24. His visit comes within a year of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's tour to The Netherlands last June. This is going to be his second visit to India since June 2015 but the first after being re-elected as prime minister of The Netherlands in 2017, the MEA added.

The Dutch prime minister will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, comprising the deputy prime minister and minister for agriculture, nature and food quality, minister for foreign trade and development cooperation, minister for infrastructure and water management, and minister for medical care of The Netherlands.

Besides, the MEA stated, about 231 business delegates representing 130 companies have registered to join the Trade Mission, accompanying the Dutch prime minister to India. The companies joining the Trade Mission represent the agri-food, horticulture, logistics, education, smart cities, water, health and life sciences, IT, and maritime sectors. The India-Dutch CEOs forum will take place in New Delhi during the visit of the prime minister of The Netherlands.

India and The Netherlands have a bilateral trade of US $5.39 billion. The Netherlands is the fifth largest investor in India with a cumulative investment of US $23 billion from 2000 to 2017.

The Netherlands is home to a 235,000-strong Indian diaspora, the largest in mainland Europe.

The visit by the Dutch prime minister is expected to boost economic and political cooperation between India and The Netherlands, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

(Published 18 May 2018, 18:25 IST)

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