King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of The Netherlands will pay a state visit to India from October 14-18 that is expected to boost economic and political cooperation between the two countries.
During the visit, being made at the invitation of President Ram Nath Kovind, the King and Queen will visit New Delhi and Mumbai as well as the state of Kerala.
This will be King Willem-Alexander's first state visit to India, following his ascension to the throne in 2013.
A press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said their programme includes meetings with President Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and call on by the External Affairs Minister. The King and Queen will be accompanied on their visit by a senior Ministerial delegation.
India and The Netherlands have a bilateral trade turnover of US$ 12.87 billion (2018-2019). The Netherlands is the fifth largest investor in India with a cumulative investment of US$ 23 billion for the period 2000 to 2017.
The Netherlands is also home to a 235,000-strong Indian diaspora, the largest in mainland Europe.
The royal couple will also attend the inaugural session of the 25th Technology Summit in New Delhi. The Netherlands is the partner country at the event.
The royal couple would be accompanied by representatives of about 140 business houses for this technology and innovation fair, representing various sectors, including agriculture, water, health-care and climate change, the release added.
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