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King's Day celebration an opportunity to fete our ties: Envoy
 






Ramy Salama

Doha



A CELEBRATION of the Dutch King's Day at the Diplomatic Club on Wednesday was an apt opportunity to simultaneously celebrate the ever deepening bilateral ties between the two countries, according to the Netherlands' Ambassador to Qatar HE Yvette van Eechoud.

Speaking at a reception to mark the major Dutch holiday, the ambassador elaborated on the sheer range of fields within which the two countries have worked, and continue to work, together.

"In the 10 years since our Embassy opened in Doha, our countries have grown closer together, and today, we celebrate the bilateral agreements in various sectors and the high-level visits between our governments; we celebrate the impressive and promising business to business contacts and we celebrate the people to people bonds that have developed over the years," she said.

Listing specific examples of collaborations between the two countries, the ambassador continued,"When people find people that is when you can say that relations between two countries have grown and matured. Like the Qatari and Dutch scientists who identified the MERS Coronavirus together, and the Qatari and Dutch filmmakers who enabled the film 'Idol' to be the featured film of the most recent edition of the Ajyal Film Festival. Also, the Qatari and Dutch researchers developing a cancer treatment."

The reception, which was themed around the sport of cycling, was also an opportunity to commemorate bilateral relations in the field of sports."We are celebrating cooperation in the field of sports in particular, because the sport is one of the biggest ways to forge connections between people. One major achievement of Qatari-Dutch cooperation and hard work in the sports sector is that the first-ever Qatari show-jumping team, which has trained in the Netherlands, will compete at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics," the ambassador added.

"The Netherlands is a cycling nation and therefore, we are looking forward to Qatar's hosting this year's World Championships Cycling in October. Sports are amongst the biggest connectors between people and especially cycling has a great potential in Qatar. For at least six months in this beautiful country, Qatar has perfect cycling conditions including 9,000 km of flat roads and mild weather. Cycling can be an integral part of Qatar's vision of a healthy, sustainable and clean future," she added, elaborating on the choice of theme for the celebration.

The reception was attended by the Minister of Culture and Sports HE Salah bin Ghanem al Ali, ambassadors, and Dutch and Qatari invited guests.

King's Day is the national day in the Kingdom of the Netherlands celebrated annually on April 27 the date marking the birthday of the country's King, Willem-Alexander.


 
 

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