Posted on October 16, 2019, 12:58 PM IST
While Pakistan is playing host to the Britain royalty, India has welcomed the Dutch royalty for an official five-day visit. The Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima touched down in New Delhi on Monday to a warm welcome by President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The state visit is the 19th undertaken by the king and his second official trip to India. In 2007, Willem-Alexander and Maxima accompanied his mother Beatrix to the country while she was still queen.
Dutch trade minister Sigrid Kaag, health minister Bruno Bruins and junior economic affairs minister Mona Keijzer are part of the accompanying trade mission, made up of some 122 different companies.
On Monday, the royal couple attended a state banquet and a technology summit, in New Delhi where the king officiated an impressive speech. On Tuesday they visited exclusive schools in the northeastern parts of Delhi to meet the students and promote education, climate change topics and other relevant issues pertaining to global education. On Wednesday, the royal couple will visit Mumbai, on Thursday and Friday the group is all set to travel to the southern state of Kerala.
The Netherlands has a striking Indian population on the growth and trade links between the two countries have been established well over 400 years.
According to India’s ministry of external affairs, India and the Netherlands had bilateral trade turnover of $12.87bn in the period 2018-2019 and the Netherlands remains to be the fifth largest foreign investor in India. So we expect the royal visit to further strengthen the economic, educational and trade infrastructure between the two leading countries.