On the occasion of the state visit to France by the King and Queen of the Netherlands, Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, received Bert Koenders, his Dutch counterpart, for a working lunch.
They discussed our successful bilateral cooperation, notably in the economic and cultural spheres, as well as the major issues that we are working on together with the Dutch presidency of the European Union: the fight against terrorism, the refugee crisis, the relationship between the United Kingdom and the EU, and relations between the EU and its eastern and southern neighbors.
Jean-Marc Ayrault delivered a speech alongside his counterpart at the closing session of the symposium on the future of European defense at the Quai d’Orsay, which will be attended by the King and Queen of the Netherlands, researchers, students, diplomats and military personnel from both countries.
The two ministers also signed a declaration on the French-Dutch initiative, in the presence of the two co-chairs, Jean-Marc Janaillac, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Transdev, and Pauline Meurs, an academic from Rotterdam. This initiative is aimed at strengthening bilateral relations between civil societies and between businesses, notably in the areas of new technology and innovation.