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Anwar Hosts Dutch PM Rutte for Bilateral Talks in Putrajaya

Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim, played host to his Dutch counterpart, Mark Rutte, during a courtesy call on Wednesday at Seri Perdana in Putrajaya. This meeting exemplifies the ongoing efforts to strengthen bilateral ties between Malaysia and the Netherlands. Rutte’s visit to Malaysia, a two-day working trip, marked his second visit to the country, with his maiden journey taking place in 2014. Upon his arrival, Rutte was warmly welcomed by Anwar at the Prime Minister’s official residence.

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Subsequently, the two leaders engaged in bilateral discussions, covering a range of issues, including Malaysia-Netherlands relations and shared perspectives on regional and international concerns. The productive meeting extended for nearly an hour, followed by a luncheon hosted by Anwar in recognition of Rutte’s visit to Malaysia.

In 2022, the Netherlands emerged as Malaysia’s 14th largest trading partner and the second-largest within the European Union (EU), boasting a trade volume of RM48.04 billion (US$10.93 billion), representing a substantial 33.4% increase compared to RM36.01 billion (US$8.68 billion) in 2021. Additionally, the Netherlands stands as the primary EU importer of Malaysian palm oil, importing 732,324.54 tonnes. This diplomatic engagement signifies the continuation of a prosperous economic and diplomatic relationship between the two nations.