By – SAnews.gov.za
Pretoria – Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte is expected to pay an official visit to South Africa next week where he will hold talks with President Jacob Zuma.
“At the invitation of President Jacob Zuma, His Excellency, Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, will visit South Africa on an official visit. The Prime Minister will be accompanied by the Minister of Agriculture, Mr Martijn van Dam, and a high-level business delegation,” said the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.
The Prime Minister and his delegation will be in South Africa from 17 -18 November.
During their official talks President Zuma and Prime Minister Rutte will review a wide range of bilateral, regional and international issues.
South Africa and the Netherlands have a strong historical and cordial relationship. Dutch activists and later the Dutch government played a critical part in South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle.
“Since 1994, South Africa and the Netherlands have forged a solid partnership that transcends many fields including economic, trade, science and technology, education, judicial, multilateral as well as arts and culture,” said the department.
It said South Africa and the Netherlands enjoy strong and growing trade and investment relations. Total trade in 2014 amounted to R48.34 billion.