3rd round of Egyptian-Dutch political consultations kicks off
Friday، 14 February 2020 - 01:22 PM
The third round of political consultations between Egypt and the Netherlands were held on Thursday 13/02/2020 at the premises of the Foreign Ministry.
It was chaired by Badr Abdel-Aty, Assistant Foreign Minister for European Affairs, and Joke Brandt, Secretary General of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The talks touched on means to enhance relations between Egypt and the Netherlands at the political and economic levels, particularly in the fields of trade, investment, agriculture, marine transport, food products, water management and vocational training.
Both sides reviewed positive indices of the Egyptian economy in the recent period and promising investment opportunities, especially in the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone) as well as mega national projects.
They agreed on working to increase the volume of trade and investments, noting that in 2018 trade exchange between both countries reached 1.7 billion euros and Dutch investments in the Egyptian market hit about 3.2 billion euros.
Both sides voiced their countries’ keenness to increase cooperation at all levels in different fields, including energy, information technology, management of water resources, digitization and artificial intelligence.
They also reviewed a number of regional issues of mutual interest, including developments in the Middle East, particularly in Libya and Syria, as the Dutch side voiced backing for Egypt’s efforts to bring about stability in the region.
They stressed as well the need to promote ties to serve the interests of both countries and continue consultations and coordination on issues of common interest to achieve stability and development in the region.
The consultations were attended by a host of senior officials, including Laurens Westhoff, the Netherlands Ambassador to Egypt.