The Hague, 7 November 2022 (TDI): Pakistan’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Suljuk Mustansar Tarar met Pakistani Students studying at Universiteit Leiden and the Institute of Social Studies (ISS).

During his meeting, he underscored the value of establishing links between people through their activities.

The Embassy of Pakistan in the Netherlands will play an active role in giving Pakistani students such opportunities they can interact with local people and Institutes to enhance bilateral relations, stated Ambassador.

Both states established bilateral relations soon after the independence of Pakistan. The Dutch Embassy opened in Karachi in 1955 and shifted to Islamabad ten years later.

Pakistan soon became a partner country for the Netherlands, receiving substantial Development Cooperation funds from the 1960s onwards, in particular in the areas of water management/environment, education, and governance.

The Dutch government made the decision to halt the structural development projects and refocus on commercial relations in 2011.

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More than 100 Pakistani junior diplomats who attended the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael and earned degrees have been hosted by the Netherlands since 2004.

The bilateral relations between Pakistan and the Netherlands encompass economic, cultural, and historical ties.

The volume of bilateral commerce increased significantly between 2016 and 2018, rising from $1.03 billion to $1.55 billion, with a compound annual growth rate of 11%.

The trade balance has continued to be to Pakistan’s advantage, and it has had a significant compound annual growth rate of 25% over this time, rising from $ 262 million in 2016 to $ 632 million in 2020.

While imports from the Netherlands increased from $792 million in 2019 to $460 million in 2020, they have considerably decreased after then.

The Netherlands and Pakistan’s bilateral ties in the fields of business, culture, education, and politics have continually improved.