Muscat: Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, who arrived in Muscat Tuesday on a three-day visit, was received by Sultan Qaboos Bin Saeed.
An official welcome ceremony was given for the Queen of the Netherlands at Al Alam Palace in the morning. Upon the arrival of the motorcade of the Queen to the reception hall at Muscat Museum Gate, the Sultan led the welcoming party for the Queen.
The Omani monarch and the Queen of the Netherlands then took the main car to the Al Alam Palace Guest House Square, while a group of horsemen escorted the motorcade from Muscat Gate up to the Al Alam Palace Gate where the National Anthem of the Kingdom of the Netherlands was played while the artillery fired a Twenty-one gun salute for the Queen.
The Queen of the Netherlands was also received by Sayyid Fahd Bin Mahmoud Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers, Sayyid Khalid Bin Hilal Al Busaidi, Minister of the Diwan of Royal Court, Gen. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Nu'amani, Royal Office Minister, Sayyid Badr Bin Saud Bin Harib Al Busaidi, Minister Responsible for Defence Affairs, Sayyid Hamoud Bin Faisal Al Busaidi, Interior Minister, Shaikh Mohammad Bin Abdullah Bin Zahir Al Hinai, Justice Minister, Darwish Bin Esmeel Al Balushi, Minister Responsible for Financial Affairs.
The Sultan and his guests then exchanged cordial conversation and reviewing the good relations binding the Sultanate and the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the fruitful cooperation between the two countries.