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Koenders visits India

From Saturday 5 May to Tuesday 9 May foreign minister Bert Koenders will visit India. The minister’s visit marks this year’s 70th anniversary of the strong ties between the Netherlands and India.

The visit is intended to further strengthen political and economic relations. Mr Koenders will speak with the Indian authorities about a range of issues, including cooperation on security.

India is a vital political and economic partner for the Netherlands. Both countries share fundamental values such as democracy, the rule of law, respect for human rights and economic freedom. For India, the Netherlands is a crucial point of access to Europe, by air and sea.

During the visit there will be a special focus on innovative ways the Netherlands is assisting with water management and cleaning up Indian cities. In Kerala Mr Koenders will discuss cooperation on water management. In Bangalore – a city with a population of several million where the Netherlands will shortly be opening a trade office – he will visit a waste processing plant. In New Delhi the minister will deliver a speech to members of the business community, students, think tank experts and government representatives.

During his time in the capital, Mr Koenders will also meet with his Indian counterpart, Sushma Swaraj. The ministers will discuss current issues, political developments in the region, nuclear security, renewable energy and cooperation between the Netherlands and India. India is hosting the next Global Conference on CyberSpace, taking over from the Netherlands, which hosted it in 2015. The country has over 450 million internet users. ‘That makes cybersecurity vital to the Indian economy,’ said Mr Koenders.