Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Netherlands Marke Rutte witnessing the signing of MoUs between India and Netherlands, at Amsterdam in Netherlands on Tuesday.

During his interaction with top Dutch CEOs, Modi said the reforms introduced by his government seek to enhance ease of doing business and bring standards at par with global standards.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi left from the USA after completing the second leg of his three nation tour.

Irrigation and water conservation are the areas where the two countries can boost cooperation, he said. "This comes from India's growing confidence that it can shape the South Asian narrative in consonance with its interests", Pant, now with the New Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation think tank, said.

"They committed to strengthen cooperation against terrorist threats from groups including Al Qaeda, ISIS, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Taiba, D-Company and their affiliates".

Modi thanked the key European nation for backing India's Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) membership.

"Eliminating terrorism is among the topmost priorities for us", Modi had said in his joint statement with the USA president at the White House Rose Garden. MTCR membership enables India to buy high-end missile technology and also enhances its joint ventures with Russian Federation. The Netherlands expressed its support for India's early membership to the 48-member NSG and the Wassenaar Arrangement. CPI national secretary D Raja also said that India is allegedly playing second fiddle to the United States on the issue by buying the theory.

Following the Congress Party dubbing the India-US joint statement as disappointing, union minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said it is sheer jealousy and guilt of the grand old party that it is deliberately refusing to see and believe the significant outcomes of this visit.

Modi said the Netherlands is the 5th largest investment partner globally and in the last three years it has emerged as the 3rd largest source of FDI for the country.

'I don't think there is any need to repeat the fact that in India's economic development and our priorities for development, Netherlands is a natural partner, ' Modi, who was fresh from his much anticipated U.S. visit, added.

"Political because of the values we share with respect of rule of laws and security", he said. Prime minister Rutte appreciated the lead taken by India to galvanize global action on Climate Change through the initiative and declared that the Netherlands would consider the invitation positively. It is world's second biggest economy and Indian market has a lot of potential.

With 20 percent of India's exports to Europe entering through the Netherlands, the prime ministers discussed the role of the Netherlands as India's "Gateway to Europe".

"So, for India, we are an entry (point) to Europe", he said.

"Today we are giving fresh impetus to ties by easing the flow of capital in both directions".

Modi says that in the year that the Netherlands and India mark the 70th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations, "it is absolutely natural that we focus even more on our bilateral relations".


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