08:52 | 01/12/2020
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has affirmed that Viet Nam always attaches importance to strengthening its friendly relations and multifaceted cooperation with the Netherlands, during his phone talks with his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte on November 30.
He called for the Netherlands’ continued support in the implementation of the agricultural transition plan in the Mekong Delta during 2020-2023 and relevant cooperation programs in the region.
The Netherlands is one of Viet Nam’s leading partners in the areas of climate change adaptation and sustainable agricultural development, said PM Phuc.
The Vietnamese Government chief expressed his appreciation for the Dutch Government’s provision of an aid package worth €2 million for flood victims in central Viet Nam, asserting that the two countries would continue to work closely and effectively carry out cooperation programs within the framework of their strategic partnership in climate change adaption, water management, and natural disaster risk mitigation.
On the occasion, PM Phuc briefed his Dutch counterpart on the outcomes of the 37th ASEAN Summit and related summits.
He welcomed the Netherlands’ proposal to join the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC), regarding it as an important basis for further enhancement of the ASEAN-Netherlands and ASEAN-EU collaboration.
In response, PM Mark Rutte applauded Viet Nam’s Covid-19 containment measures and efforts.
The two PM showed their delights at the robust growth of the Viet Nam-Netherlands comprehensive partnership, which was established during PM Rutte’s visit to Viet Nam in 2019. Notably, despite suffering the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, two-way trade has reported a year-on-year increase of 2% to US$6.2 billion.
They expressed satisfaction with the development of the comprehensive partnership across multiple fields such as politics-diplomacy, economy, and collaboration in agriculture and climate change adaptation.
The two hoped that the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) which came into force in August this year, would serve as the driving force and offer plenty of opportunities for expanding cooperation between Vietnamese and Dutch enterprises.
PM Phuc expressed his wish to soon welcome PM Mark Rutte to visit Viet Nam again in the near future./.
By Vien Nhu