Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte agreed to establish a strategic partnership on climate change adaptation and water management and an agreement on sustainable agriculture and food security.
The agreement was reached during Rutte’s two-day official visit to Vietnam starting on June 16.
The two leaders said the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and the Netherlands had been positive, effective and dynamic in all aspects, evidenced by the establishment of a strategic partnership on climate change adaptation and water management in 2010.
PM Nguyen Tan Dung receives Dutch PM Mark Rutte at conference
for development of Mekong River delta __Photo: Duc Tam/VNA
They noted that both sides had created favorable conditions for business, especially in such priority areas as climate change, water management, agriculture, energy, marine economy, logistics services and shipbuilding.
The two sides agreed to expand cooperation in defense, science-technology and education-training while regularly organizing cultural exchanges in each country.
Rutte said his country would help Vietnam enhance ties with the European Union (EU) and encourage the European Commission to quickly ratify a framework agreement on partnership and cooperation with Vietnam.
He also said he would help the EU recognize Vietnam as a full market economy when negotiations for the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement were concluded.
Following their talks, the two leaders signed an agreement on a strategic partnership on sustainable agriculture and food security.
They also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on developing the Son My liquefied gas terminal in Vietnam and a contract on purchasing gas for the Thi Vai terminal between the PetroVietnam Gas Corporation and the Netherlands’ Shell Group.-