India and Netherlands on Friday agreed for a closer cooperation in counter terrorism, defence, maritime security, cyber security and energy among others. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte agreed to set up a Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism and skill development and decided to set up centres of excellence in areas like horticulture and animal husbandry.
Netherlands also expressed interest in participating in ‘Make in India’ initiative.
“We agreed that we both stand to benefit from closer bilateral and multilateral collaboration, including in areas such as countering terrorism and extremism, defence, maritime security and cyber security…We have agreed to set up a Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism, which will hold its first meeting on June 19,” Modi said in his address during the meeting.
Our agreements today are closely aligned with India’s economic priorities — he said, adding: “The agreement on manufacturing of dredgers in India at the Cochin Shipyard is a welcome step in our efforts to develop Indian shipyards. Similarly, the agreement on manufacturing of Measles, and Rubella Vaccine in India, with transfer of technology, represents yet another step to develop India’s manufacturing sector, and improve healthcare. We have also agreed to leverage Dutch expertise in developing coastal roads and Metro lines in India.”
Rutte is accompanied by a delegation of 80 Dutch companies. Altogether, 35 CEOs from both the sides later joined the two leaders. Earlier, the two greeted each other in their corresponding languages on Twitter.
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