Viet Nam, Nether­lands forge links

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THE HAGUE — Viet­namese Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Hoaøng Trung Haûi and Dutch Prime Min­is­ter Mark Rutte yes­ter­day for­malised an agree­ment for closer bi­lat­eral co-op­er­a­tion on a num­ber of key eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns.

The agree­ment was for­malised at a meet­ing here on the first day of Haûi’s four­day visit to the Nether­lands from Septem­ber 22 to 24. Ar­eas of co-op­er­a­tion un­der the agree­ment in­clude cli­mate change, wa­ter man­age­ment, agri­cul­ture, en­ergy and marine-based eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties such as lo­gis­tics and ship­build­ing.

Bi­lat­eral ties be­tween the two coun­tries were built on a strate­gic part­ner­ship on sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture and food se­cu­rity that had been in place since June, and will...

... en­com­pass an ex­change of vis­its at dif­fer­ent lev­els and sci­en­tific-tech­no­log­i­cal co-op­er­a­tion be­tween nu­mer­ous lo­cal­i­ties of the two coun­tries.

Rutte said the Dutch gov­ern­ment and busi­nesses were keen on fos­ter­ing com­pre­hen­sive col­lab­o­ra­tion with Vieät Nam and were sup­port­ing the coun­try’s ef­forts to en­hance ties with the Euro­pean Union. In re­ply, Haûi said Vieät Nam had al­ways wished for closer ties with the Nether­lands, which it con­sid­ered to be one of its top part­ners in Europe.

Both host and guest agreed to hold more fre­quent cul­tural ex­changes, with Rutte prais­ing the an­nual “Vieät Nam Days in the Nether­lands.” Since the strate­gic part­ner­ship be­tween the two coun­tries on cli­mate change re­sponse and wa­ter man­age­ment was set up in 2010, Vieät Nam and the Nether­lands have seen their ef­forts bear fruit, the two lead­ers noted.

On the same day, Haûi and Melanie Schultz, Dutch min­is­ter of in­fra­struc­ture and the en­vi­ron­ment, co-chaired the fourth meet- ing of the In­ter-Gov­ern­men­tal Com­mit­tee on Cli­mate Change and Wa­ter Man­age­ment. At the meet­ing, Haûi and Schultz pledged to ac­cel­er­ate the im­ple­men­ta­tion of pri­or­ity projects and to call for more for­eign fund­ing for the Mekong Delta plan.

They also agreed that the com­mit­tee would fo­cus on a set of sus­tain­able and cli­mate-proof ur­ban man­age­ment prac­tices and con­duct re­search on re­tain­ing wa­ter in the Mekong Delta in 2015.

Both sides also dis­cussed de­tails of a wa­ter re­sources master plan for the Red River basin.

At the end of the meet­ing, Schultz and Viet­namese Deputy Min­is­ter of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­ment Nguyeãn Thaùi Lai signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing on the master plan.

The fifth meet­ing of the In­ter­Gov­ern­men­tal Com­mit­tee on Cli­mate Change and Wa­ter Man­age­ment will take place in Haø Noäi next year. Dur­ing his visit, Haûi is will meet Am­s­ter­dam Mayor E.E. Van der Laan to of­fi­ci­ate the “Vieät Nam Days in the Nether­lands” and the Vieät Nam-Nether­lands eco­nomic co-op­er­a­tion fo­rum. —

Viet­namese Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Hoaøng Trung Haûi and Dutch Prime Min­is­ter Mark Rutte in the Nether­lands yes­ter­day. — VNA/VNS Photo Ñöùc Chung

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