Dutch King and Queen meet President Ram Nath Kovind, PM Modi at Rashtrapati Bhawan

ANI New Delhi, India Oct 14, 2019, 10.44 AM(IST)

King of Netherlands, Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima meet President Ramnath Kovind, PM Narendra Modi. Photograph:( ANI )

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This is Willem-Alexander's first state visit to India following his ascension to the throne in 2013.

The King of The Netherlands, Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima met President Ramnath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

The Royal couple arrived here on Sunday and are on a for a five-day state visit. They were given a traditional welcome at the airport where several officials lined up to receive them.

This is Willem-Alexander's first state visit to India following his ascension to the throne in 2013.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will also call on the Dutch King.

Apart from the official programme in Delhi, the King and the Queen will also visit Mumbai and Kerala.

The royal couple will attend the inaugural session of 25th Technology Summit in New Delhi.

The Netherlands is the partner country for this summit. India and The Netherlands have a bilateral trade turnover of $12.87 billion (2018-2019). 

The Netherlands is the 5th largest investor in India with a cumulative investment of $23 billion between 2000 and 2017.

The Netherlands is home to a 235,000 strong Indian diaspora, the largest in mainland Europe.

The visit is expected to boost economic and political cooperation between the two countries.