NSA Doval holds talks with visiting Dutch counterpart ahead of President’s Netherlands visit

New Delhi, March 31 : Ahead of President Ram Nath Kovind’s visit to Amsterdam next week, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Thursday held talks with Geoffrey Van Leeuwen, the Security and Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Netherlands. The two sides had an intensive discussion covering a wide range of bilateral issues as well as major regional and global developments, said sources. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations between the two sides. To commemorate this milestone, the President of India Ram Nath Kovind is paying a State visit to the Netherlands (April 4-7) at the invitation of the King and Queen of the Netherlands. NSA and his Dutch counterpart discussed recent geopolitical developments in their respective regions. Both of them underlined the importance for India and the Netherlands to remain engaged on these issues and intensify their contacts, including through policy dialogues on issues of mutual interest, the sources added. The two also agreed to strengthen further the partnership between the two countries by expanding ongoing defense, security and counter- terrorism cooperation. They agreed to stay in close touch. RN

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