The Hindu – Brexit is an opportunity for Netherlands-India ties: Alphonsus Stoelinga

Amsterdam aspires to be India’s biggest partner in Europe

Kallol Bhattacherjee

New Delhi, 24 June 2017.  The Netherlands is aspiring to emerge as India’s biggest partner in Europe following the Brexit-related changes taking place in Europe.

Ambassador of the Netherlands Alphonsus Stoelinga said that during the working visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 27, both countries will conclude two deals on water and cultural relations and firm up cooperation for multilateral diplomacy.

“There were a lot of questions over the EU’s (European Union) future after Brexit. But now the EU is relatively better and the Eurosceptics are under control.

Prime Minister Modi will have a personal experience that post-Brexit Europe is good for India-Netherlands ties,” said Mr Stoelinga, explaining that India is the fastest-growing member among the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) countries and the Dutch remain highly interested in increasing investments into India.

“20% of India’s $ 45 billion trade with the EU passes through the Netherlands.

After Brexit, there is a good possibility that Indian investments in our country will increase and the Netherlands can possibly emerge as an alternative hub of Indian exports and capital in Europe,” said Mr. Stoelinga, speaking to a small group of journalists at his official residence.

During the visit, Prime Minister Modi will meet Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands and will have a working lunch on 27 June. The Dutch leader will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Trade and Development Cooperation and other high-level officials of his team.

PM Modi will have an audience with His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Maxima.

Mr Stoelinga also indicated that his country’s support to India’s attempts for export control regimes will continue.


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