Netherlands backs India’s UNSC and NSG bids

  • Netherlands backs India’s UNSC and NSG bids
28-06-2017 | Pratidin Bureau. |

The Netherlands has backed India’s early entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group, NSG, and other multilateral export control regimes.

In a joint communiqué issued after the meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in Hague, the Netherlands also supported India’s bid for a permanent UN Security Council seat.

Both leaders agreed that the NSG, Wassenaar Arrangement and Australia Group would benefit from India’s membership. Prime Minister Modi thanked the Netherlands for its role in India’s accession to the Missile Technology Control Regime in June 2016.

India and the Netherlands also strongly condemned the use of double standards in addressing the menace of terrorism. Both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to combat terrorism and prevent radicalisation that could lead to violent extremism.

Modi also discussed the role of the Netherlands as ‘Gateway to Europe’ for India as 20 per cent of its exports to Europe enters through the Dutch country.

Prime Minister Modi invited the Netherlands to join the International Solar Alliance. Prime Minister Rutte appreciated the lead taken by India to galvanise global action on Climate Change through its initiatives. Both leaders also reaffirmed their countries’ commitment towards Paris climate deal.

India and Netherlands also signed three MoUs on water management, cultural cooperation and on amending social security arrangement. The MoUs were signed in the presence of both leaders.

Expressing that his Netherlands tour comes at a time when the two countries are celebrating 70 years of diplomatic relations, Modi said the two countries have centuries old relations and are together progressing ahead steadily.

Modi also interacted with the CEOs of Dutch companies and invited them to utilize the vast opportunities provided by his ‘Make in India’ initiative.

Tags : the Netherlands India UNSC NSG MOU Narendra Modi Mark Rutte Hague Modi in the Netherlands

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