Narendra Modi leaves for Netherlands after concluding U.S. trip

by Abel Hampton June 28, 2017, 1:29

Recalling that the EU-India Strategic Partnership was launched in 2004 during the Dutch Presidency of the EU, they expressed the hope for an early resumption of negotiations leading to the conclusion of the Broad-based Trade and Investment Agreement between India and the EU.

"In this regard, the visit of Prime Minister is singular success which was reflected in the joint media briefing made by the two leaders", he said.

Prime minister Modi invited the Netherlands to join the International Solar Alliance [ISA].

As if on cue, a commentary in China's state-affiliated Global Times on Tuesday warned of "catastrophic results" if India "regresses from its non-alignment stance and becomes a pawn for the USA in countering China".

Surprisingly, the India-US statement mirrors India's critical comments on China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative and seeks "support bolstering regional economic connectivity through the transparent development of infrastructure and the use of responsible debt financing practices, while ensuring respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, the rule of law, and the environment".

'The role of The Netherlands as India's gateway to Europe is only expected to grow in the coming years, ' Rutte said. "I would be exchanging views with PM Rutte on important global issues, including counter-terrorism and climate change", PM Modi had said on his Facebook page before leaving for his three-nation trip last Saturday.

India and the Netherlands Tuesday strongly condemned the use of double standards in addressing the menace of terrorism, saying there can be no justification for acts of terror on any grounds.

"We talked about terrorism, extremism and radicalisation and agreed to cooperate on this". He will also be meeting Indian Diaspora in The Netherlands. "They further called on Pakistan to expeditiously bring to justice the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai, Pathankot, and other cross-border terrorist attacks perpetrated by Pakistan-based groups", it said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the Netherlands on Tuesday on the final leg of his three-nation tour after concluding his visit to the United States.

However, as per joint statement, both the leaders met yesterday and vowed to curb terrorism.

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