New Delhi, Oct 27 (PTI) King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium will pay a seven-day visit to India on November during which the two countries will further strengthen the historical ties, the Ministry of External Affairs said today. Also Read - EU Provides €1.65 Million Humanitarian Aid to Support Flood Victims of Bangladesh, India, Nepal

This will be King Philippe’s first visit to India following his ascension to the throne in 2013. Also Read - World Population Day 2020: Faced With Depopulation, These Are the 5 Fastest-Shrinking Countries in the World

Accompanied by six ministers and a high-powered business delegation comprising CEOs of 86 Belgian companies, 13 chiefs of academic institutions and 29 members from media, the royal couple will be in India from November 5-11. Also Read - UK to Impose Sanctions Independently For First Time

“The visit would further strengthen the historical strong ties between the two countries. Belgium was also among the first European countries to establish a diplomatic mission in India after independence,” the MEA said in a statement.

India is Belgium’s second largest export destination and the third largest trade partner outside the European Union.

In 2016-17, the bilateral trade amounted to USD 13.28 billion of which exports from India to Belgium accounted for USD 5.65 billion while imports from Belgium accounted for USD 6.62 billion.

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