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Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima to visit Istanbul

Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima will visit the Turkish city of Istanbul on Saturday. The visit is part of the celebrations marking 400 years of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and Turkey.

Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans will accompany the Dutch royal couple. Willem-Alexander will speak during the Dutch-Turkish Brainport Innovation and Career Seminar and his wife will give a speech at a meeting of the Global Entrepreneurs Week.

In the evening they will attend a concert presented by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Haliç Centre Concert Hall. Afterwards there will be a reception for the celebration of 400 years of Turkish-Dutch ties. The Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan and his wife will also attend the event.

The Netherlands and Turkey are commemorating the 400th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year. Queen Beatrix visited Ankara and Istanbul in June and Turkish President Abdullah Gul visited the Netherlands for a state visit in April.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte is traveling to Turkey for an economic mission this week.