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Nov 02, 2023 / 14:47

Vietnamese, Dutch government leaders tour Hanoi on bike

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has a special affection for Vietnam due to the nation's rapid growth in recent years.

 After meeting today’s morning (November 2), Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his Netherlands counterpart Mark Rutte bicycled on the streets of Hanoi. The two government leaders toured the historic streets of Ba Dinh District, including Phan Dinh Phung, Nguyen Tri Phuong, Dien Bien Phu, and Ton That Dam. Photo: Khanh Huy/The Hanoi Times

 This is Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s third visit to Vietnam after the first two made in June 2014 and April 2019. According to the Netherland government leader, the Netherlands is a special European friend to Vietnam. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

 On the tour, Vietnamese Prime Minister Chinh introduced the history of Hanoi and popular places to Mark Rutte such as the Thang Long Imperial Citadel, the Hanoi Flag Tower, and the Vietnam Military History Museum. The Dutch leader was impressed with the landscapes and buildings in Hanoi, which reflect the harmonious combination between modernity and antiquity. Photo: Vietnamnet

The Netherlands is now the biggest EU investor in Vietnam, and the second largest trade partner to Vietnam in Europe. In 2022, bilateral trade between the two economies rose a third on-year to US$11.09 billion. Photo: VGP 

 Dutch companies have invested into 400 Vietnam-based projects with a total of $13.7 billion worth of capital. These companies include Heineken, Unilever, Royal Dutch Shell, and Phillips. Photo: Vietnam News Agency
 The visit is made on the 50th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the Netherlands, nine months after Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh had a business trip to the Netherlands. Photo: Khanh Huy