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Dutch PM begins official visit to Vietnam

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrived at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi yesterday evening, November 1, beginning his official visit to Vietnam.

The visit was made at the invitation of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. This is the third time Prime Minister Mark Rutte has visited Vietnam, with the previous visits taking place in 2014 and 2019.

According to the Dutch Embassy in Vietnam, PM Rutte is accompanied by a business delegation consisting of 23 companies and organizations in the high-tech and digital sectors.

PM Chinh will hold talks with PM Rutte today over ways to step up cooperation in trade, investment and other areas like logistics, water management, and agricultural sustainability.

After that, the two leaders will witness the signing of several cooperation agreements between the two countries.

This afternoon, PM Rutte is scheduled to participate in the High-Tech Business Forum and the Green Economy Forum, then visit the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and deliver a speech at a seminar.

Currently, the Netherlands is Vietnam’s second-largest trading partner in Europe and the largest investor from the EU in Vietnam. Most investment projects are located in the southern region, including HCMC, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Dong Nai, and Binh Duong.

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