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Queen Beatrix visits Oman

Dutch Queen Beatrix arrived in Oman on Tuesday for a three-day official state visit for meeting with His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin.

The Dutch Queen landed Tuesday morning at the airport of the capital Muscat. She and her accompanying delegation will first visit the palace of Sultan Qaboos for a welcome ceremony.

The visit “comes within the context of the advanced bilateral relations and reflects the keenness of the leaders of Oman and The Netherlands to foster the interests of their peoples”, a Diwan of Royal Court statement said.

The Dutch queen’s delegation include Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife Máxima; Maxim Jacos Marcel Verhagen, Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation; Dr Uriel Rosenthal, Minister of Foreign Affairs; and Marco Hiens, First Minister of Royal Court.

It is the second time within one year that the Queen is visiting the Gulf State.

The focus of this state visit is to boost trade and economic relations with the United Arab Emirates. For this purpose a number of agreements will be signed in the presence of the queen. Wednesday the Queen will visit the port city of Sohar.

Sultan Qaboos Bin Said bid farewell to the queen, Crown Prince William Alexander, Princess Maxima, his wife, and the accompanying delegation who will leave the Sultanate on Thursday.

The queen, Prince William and his wife expressed their sincere thanks and appreciation to His Majesty, the government and the Omani citizens for the generous reception during their visit to the Sultanate. His Majesty wished them a happy stay and a safe return to their country.

Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima also visited Oman and the United Arab Emirates in 2009. See video below.