The Netherlands presents Vietnam with "Thang Long-Hanoi' tulip

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The Netherlands has given a new tulip species called Thang Long Hanoi to the Vietnamese capital city for its millennial anniversary.

The new tulip species was presented to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung by Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende during their meeting Monday at the sidelines of the eighth Asia-Europe Meeting in Brussels.

The Hanoi People's Committee received the flowers together with an international certificate for the species the day after.

According to Joop Scheffers, the Dutch ambassador in Vietnam, the species was named Thang Long Hanoi, because Dutch biologists combined red and yellow tulips to produce it the colors of the Vietnamese flag.

It was a gift representing the two countries' friendship, he said, adding that the Netherlands will transfer flower-growing knowledge and technology to Vietnam.

Also on Tuesday, the Hanoi People's Committee presented the ambassador with two photo books about 1,000 years of Thang Long Hanoi.

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