Willem-Alexander and Máxima on a state visit to Indonesia
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will go on a state visit to Indonesia in March. The visit will focus on cooperation, including in the field of agriculture, health, coastal protection and water technology, says the Government Information Service.
Ministers Blok (Foreign Affairs), Kaag (Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation), Van Nieuwenhuizen (Infrastructure and Water Management) and Bruins (Medical Care and Sport) are also taking part. Furthermore, the king and queen are accompanied by a trade mission. The visit coincides with the celebration of 75 years of independence from Indonesia.
It is the first state visit to the former Dutch colony since that of Queen Beatrix in 1995. King Willem-Alexander, then still a prince, was there too.
It became a charged state visit. Queen Beatrix spoke about sensitivities with regard to the colonial past, but did not apologize on behalf of the Netherlands.
The Dutch cabinet found that Queen Beatrix was being treated unfairly, partly because a private lunch with President Suharto was canceled and a replacement conversation ended in a Suharto monologue.