New Delhi: His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima was paid a State visit to India from 14 to 18 October 2019 at the invitation of President of India, H.E. Mr. Ram Nath Kovind. The King and Queen was visited to New Delhi and Mumbai, and the state of Kerala. This visit of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander was the first State visit to India, following his ascension to the throne in 2013.
They met with the President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and called on by the External Affairs Minister. The King and Queen were accompanied on their visit by a senior Ministerial delegation.
Apart from the official programme in Delhi, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima were also visited to Mumbai and the state of Kerala.
India and The Netherlands have a bilateral trade turnover of US$ 12.87 billion (2018-2019). The Netherlands is the 5th largest investor in India with a cumulative investment of US$ 23 billion for the period 2000 to Dec 2017.
The Netherlands is also home to a 235,000 strong Indian Diaspora, the largest in mainland Europe.
The Royal couple was also attended the Inaugural Session of 25th Technology Summit in New Delhi. The Netherlands is the partner country for this Summit. The Royal couple was accompanied by about 140 business houses for this technology and innovation fair, representing various sectors, including agriculture, water, health-care and climate change.
The visit is expected to boost economic and political cooperation between India and The Netherlands.