Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and  Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Environment, Melainie Schultz Van Haegen (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has asked the Netherlands to continue helping Vietnam cope with climate change, especially the ongoing drought and saline intrusion which is the most severe in the Mekong Delta in the past 100 years.

At a reception for Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Environment, Melainie Schultz Van Haegen, in Hanoi, on March 30, Phuc said with its hundreds of years of experience in water management, the Netherlands can suggest effective solutions for Vietnam to mitigate the disasters.

Discussing the Vietnam – Netherlands Inter-Governmental Committee’s fifth meeting on climate change adaptation and water management held in Hanoi the same day, the host said suggestions made at the event will be collected and submitted to the government.

Van Haegen said the meeting afforded the two countries a chance to debate plans in the agreement and boost bilateral ties in general.

The Dutch government did and will share experience with Vietnam in devising long-term climate change response strategies, especially in coping with drought and saline intrusion in the Mekong Delta, she stated.-VNA