Dutch queen in Turkey
ANKARA – Anatolia News Agency
President Gül (R) walks alongside with Dutch Queen Beatrix (C) in this April photo.
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands arrived in Ankara yesterday for an official visit. She is visiting the Turkish capital of Ankara as well as the commercial hub of Istanbul between June 13 and 15, in order to mark the 400th anniversary of the foundation of diplomatic relations between Turkey and the Netherlands.
Turkish President Abdullah Gül and his spouse Hayrunnisa Gül were set to welcome Queen Beatrix at the Çankaya Presidential Residence in Ankara late yesterday. The president was also scheduled host a dinner in honor of the visiting queen. Queen Beatrix is scheduled to proceed to Istanbul today to meet with Turkish university students and scholars over lunch.
President Gül paid a visit to the Netherlands in April this year. The Netherlands is home to nearly 400,000 people of Turkish origin.