Tuesday 19 November 2019

India’s external affairs minister on three day visit to the Netherlands for talks

The minister at the East Asian Summit in August. Photo: AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit via HH

Just three weeks after the Dutch king and queen, and a large trade mission, went on a five day visit to India, that country’s external affairs minister is in the Netherlands for a two day trip.

Subrahmanyam Jaishankar will hold bilateral talks with Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok on a variety of issues this weekend, and will also meet members of parliament’s foreign affairs committee.

India and the Netherlands have a history going back 400 years and the Netherlands is one of the first to have established diplomatic relations with independent India in 1947.

According to India’s embassy in The Hague, India and the Netherlands had bilateral trade turnover of $12.87bn in the period 2018-2019 and the Netherlands is the third largest foreign investor in India.

The Netherlands also has a growing Indian population, some 44% of whom come to work as highly-skilled migrants, largely in the tech sector.

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