After ten days of signing business deals, seeing landmarks and visiting the needy, Belgium’s King Albert II and Queen Paola said farewell to India. The visit intended to strengthen economic and academic ties with the two nations, and clearly a lot of that was done.
King Albert oversaw the signing of nuclear deals, business and academic deals. The nuclear deals came towards the end, in Chennai. The point of that deal was to promote cooperation in nuclear science for use in medical research, cancer therapy, crop mutation and applied sciences between both the Indian and the Belgian Nuclear Societies. The agreement is to be updated every five years.
During that time, Queen Paola took time to visit leprosy and HIV patients at Tiruchirapalli in Tamil-Nadu. The hands-on Queen spent three hours walking among, talking to and even touching the people often cast out by society. She assured the Rev. Sister Rita that she will made sure the facility in which the patients were staying will be taken care of by her in the future.
At the end of his tour, King Albert II stopped by the Hindu temple of Kapaleeswarar in Mylapore, Chennai. He wore traditional garments to the temple, and even said a prayer inside.
Many Indians were excited and curious to see the Belgian royal couple. No doubt this tour will remain the minds of Indians, and will indeed strengthen the relationship between both countries for years to come.