President Ram Nath Kovind landed in Amsterdam for the final leg of his two-nation journey — his first visit to the Netherlands in 34 years — during which he would hold talks with the Dutch top leadership names a new yellow tulip variety ‘Maitri‘.
- President Kovind arrived from Turkmenistan, where he met with his Turkmen colleague Serdar Berdimuhamedov and pledged to expand bilateral economic and energy cooperation to improve the multifaceted relationship. He is the first Indian President to visit Turkmenistan since its independence.
- President Ram Nath Kovind will meet with King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima, as well as Prime Minister Mark Rutte, during his visit to the Netherlands from April 4 to 7.
- His visit is significant since, in 2022, India and the Netherlands will commemorate 75 years of diplomatic relations.
- Later, President Kovind paid a visit to Keukenhof, one of the world’s largest flower gardens, names a new yellow tulip variety ‘Maitri‘, and here washe was met by Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra
- A Strategic Partnership on Water was started in 2021 during the Virtual Summit between the Prime Ministers of the two countries to increase the level of engagement between the two sides in this crucial sector.
Agriculture, health, urban development, science, and technology cooperation are all important pillars of the bilateral relationship. The Netherlands is also an important economic and commercial partner of India since it is the country’s fourth-largest source of foreign direct investment. It is also home to the continent’s largest Indian diaspora.