Visit by Laurent Fabius to the Netherlands (March 21, 2013)



Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, traveled to The Hague where he was received by Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, as well as by Frans Timmermans, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The discussions notably focused on the situation in Syria, Operation Serval and the European training mission in Mali, as well as on European issues (deepening of the economic and monetary union, European efforts to promote growth and employment, internal market and free trade agreements between the EU and its major partners). They also provided an opportunity to discuss issues relating to cultural, scientific and academic cooperation as well as the industrial partnerships between our two countries.

The two foreign ministers co-chaired the French-Dutch Cooperation Council, which brings together actors from civil society who can work together to boost competitiveness in our two countries.

During his visit, Mr. Fabius presented to the University of Leiden France’s vision of the EU’s future, inaugurated the new Embassy of France in The Hague in the presence of his Dutch counterpart and met with the French community.