KARACHI (APP) - The Netherlands has decided to keep its 30 million euros per annum development assistance to Pakistan in place. This was stated by the Ambassador of Netherlands, Joost Reintjes, here on Thursday night. He was talking to reporters at a dinner hosted by the Honorary Consul General of the Netherlands in Karachi, Tarik Khan. The Envoy said that a decision to this effect was taken by the Dutch Minister for Development Cooperation who visited Pakistan last week. The Minister, Joost Reintjes added, called on President Asif Ali Zardari and the Finance minister, Shaukat Tarin. The Dutch Minister also undertook the visit of Swat and Mingora, it was further stated. The Envoy further pointed out that the 30 million Euro per annum assistance would be for the development cooperation in the fields of education and environment as well as for the provision of safe drinking water. He also announced that the Consular section of the Netherlands in Islamabad would be re-opened from next month to serve the Pakistanis applying for visas. Joost Reintjes also recounted the role that is being played by the Dutch companies in Pakistan towards the economic development in the country. He also pointed towards the presence of 30,000 strong Pakistani community in the Netherlands with what he termed good reputation and standing. The Ambassador was fully appreciative of the role that is being played by Pakistan in the war against terrorism and militancy. He hoped that the volume of bilateral trade between the Netherlands and Pakistan would expand further in the years ahead. Meanwhile, Ambassador of Netherlands Joost Reintjes has assured his countrys support to Pakistans quests for market access in European Union (EU). He gave this assurance to Federal Advisor on Textile Dr Mirza Ikhtiar Baig during a meeting in Islamabad. Dutch Ambassador also informed him that he has also conveyed his governments position to President Asif Ali Zardari. Dr Baig thanked Netherlands Ambassador and underlined the need of their support at this crucial juncture when Pakistan is fighting a war against terrorism. Dr Baig said that the Czech Ambassador Pavol Sepelak and Greek Ambassador Petros Mavroidis have also assured their countrys support to Pakistan for GSP plus status which is allowed to 176 countries by EU to export their products at reduced tariff.