Erdogan receives Dutch Prime Minister in the capital, Ankara


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday received Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte with an official ceremony at the Presidential Complex in the capital, Ankara.


It was reported that the cavalry squad escorted the Dutch Prime Minister’s car to the main door of the Presidential Complex, where President Erdogan was receiving him.

After Erdogan and Rote arrived at the protocol podium, the Turkish and Dutch national anthems were played, and 21 artillery rounds were fired to welcome the guest.

Rutte saluted the guard of honor, then Erdogan and the Dutch Prime Minister went to take pictures in front of their countries’ flags, and then moved to hold a bilateral meeting and another at the level of delegations.

It is expected that President Erdogan and Rutte will hold a joint press conference after the meeting.

The reception ceremony was attended by the head of the Presidency Communication Department, Fakhruddin Al-Tun, Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin, the Governor of Ankara, Vasip Sahin, and a number of Turkish officials.


Earlier, the Dutch Prime Minister paid a visit to the mausoleum of the founder of the Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in the capital, Ankara.

Rutte laid a wreath at Ataturk’s mausoleum, and observed a minute’s silence in honor of him, to later take a memorial photo.