The Turkish President Abdullah Gül and his wife arrived at Schiphol Airport on Monday for a three-day state visit to Netherlands.
The Turkish ambassador to the Netherlands and a representative on behalf of Queen Beatrix welcomed them.
Queen Beatrix will welcome the Turkish President and his wife on Tuesday morning in the Royal Palace on Dam Square in Amsterdam. They will place a wreath at the National Monument, in the presence of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Mayor Eberhard van der Laan.
On Wednesday and Thursday Gul will visit The Hague and Limburg.
The Netherlands and Turkey are commemorating the 400th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year. It is the second time the president of Turkey is in the Netherlands for a state visit. The first time was in 2001 by then-President Ahmet Necdet Sezer.
Queen Beatrix made a State Visit to Turkey in 2007. In June the Queen will travel again to Turkey for the 400 years celebration of the diplomatic relations between the two countries.
A trade mission of 100 Turkish businessmen, led by Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, the head of the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges, are also in the Netherlands as part of President Abdullah Gül’s official visit to mark the 400th anniversary of the establishment of Turkish-Dutch diplomatic relations between April 16 and 19.
Dutch Crown Prince Willem Alexander, Princess Maxima, Deputy Prime Minister and Economy, Agriculture and Innovation Minister Maxime Verhagen are expected to attend to the “Turkey-the Netherlands Business Forum” in Amsterdam with Gül.
Nearly 500 prominent figures from the Turkish and the Dutch business and diplomatic world are expected to attend the forum. The forum will feature roundtable meetings on husbandry, agriculture, logistics, transportation, renewable energy and environmental technologies.
The trade mission will also introduce businessmen of Turkish origin in the Netherlands.
Turkey’s exports to the Netherlands totaled $3.2 billion, while imports were at $4 billion. The Netherlands is at the top of the list of countries making direct investments in Turkey.
The Netherlands is one of the largest foreign investors in Turkey, which offers economic opportunities for, in particular, small and medium-sized companies, including those owned by successful Turkish-Dutch businesspeople. The anniversary celebrations will give special attention to these economic opportunities, for instance by way of trade missions.