Deepening Vietnam

Vietnam and the Netherlands first established diplomatic ties on September 4, 1973. Since the end of the 20th century, the bilateral friendship and cooperation have been developed and deepened across all fields. The mutual trust and understanding have also been strengthened through the regular exchange of high-level delegations and cooperative mechanisms. The most recent visits were made by Vietnam’s former Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, who attended the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague in March 2014, and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte visit to Vietnam in June the same year. The Netherlands consider Vietnam as a priority partnership as policies on boosting cooperation with Vietnam have received support and consensus from Dutch politicians, as well as the business community. Vietnam-Netherlands relations have set a model for the dynamic and effective cooperation between a Southeast Asian country and a European nation. The two sides have defined climate change adaptation, water management, agriculture, energy, sea-based economy, and logistics services, as prioritised cooperative fields. In October 2010, the two countries established a strategic partnership on climate change adaptation and water management. Later in June 2014, they also signed a strategic partnership agreement on sustainable agriculture and food security. The two sides have also positively cooperated at regional and international organisations and forums, particularly under the framework of the United Nations, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)–European Union (EU). The Netherlands has shown a positive stance on such issues as food security, peace and development in…

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