Queen’s Day celebration took place in Astana


Queen's Day celebration took place in AstanaOn 28 April 2010 the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Astana hosted a reception on the occasion of the national holiday of the Netherlands Queen’s day. In his welcoming speech to the guests, Ambassador of the Netherlands, Mr. Frans Potuyt noted diverse and promising potential of Dutch-Kazakh relations. Cooperation is actively developing in the field of energy, agriculture, education and culture; Kazinform has learnt from the Embassy of the Netherlands in Astana.

The ambassador also read out a greeting sent by him to the Queen of the Netherlands from Astana. The greeting said that Dutchmen together with their Kazakhstani partners and friends got together in Astana to celebrate this happy occasion and send to Her Majesty’s their best wishes for her and her family.

Ambassador F. Potuyt took this moment to commemorate the tragic accident that had darkened the Queen’s Day in 2009, when a mad man drove his car at high speed in the direction of the Royals, killing seven people and himself. Nevertheless the Queen decided to continue this year her public performances at Queen’s Day. The Queen is immensely popular in Holland, and this year she is celebrating at this very day also her accession to the throne, exactly 30 years ago.

Mr Zhigalov, the vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, and the former ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Netherlands was the guest-of-honor at the reception. In his greeting speech he stressed that the bilateral relations between Kazakhstan and the Netherlands are based on mutual understanding, trust and common positions on key issues.  Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Kazakhstan and the Netherlands 18 years ago the Dutch investments to Kazakhstani economy exceeded 45 bln USD. Trade turnover for the first quarter of 2010 amounted to 600 mln USD, according to vice-minister.

Mr Zhigalov further said that participation of Dutch companies operating in Kazakhstan in the new Program of accelerated innovative and industrial development would facilitate good relations between the two countries.

The hosts of the evening Ambassador France Potuyt and his wife Mrs Anne de Vogel in the course of the evening received warm greeting on the happy occasion from the esteemed representatives of the ministries of foreign affairs, economic development and trade, industry and new technologies, transport and communications along with representatives of other state bodies, non-governmental organizations and business and international community, the embassy’s press release reads.