India’s Foreign Minister arrives in Bhutan on first overseas visit

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External Affairs Minister of India, Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, arrived in the country for a two-day official visit yesterday, his first overseas trip after assuming charge of the ministry.

The minister was received by foreign affairs minister Dr Tandi Dorji, Ambassador of Bhutan to India Maj. Gen. V. Namgyal, Ambassador of India to Bhutan Ruchira Kamboj and other senior officials of the government at the Paro International Airport.

While in the country, the Minister of External Affairs received an Audience with His Majesty The King. On the afternoon of 7th June, he called on Lyonchhen (Dr.) LotayTshering, Prime Minister, and met with Lyonpo (Dr.) Tandi Dorji, Minister of Foreign Affairs. The two sides discussed various areas of cooperation between the two countries and exchange of high-level visits.

Lyonpo Dr.Tandi Dorji also hosted a reception in honour of the Minister of External Affairs in the evening at the Hotel Taj Tashi.

In his welcome remarks, the Lyonpo thanked Dr. Jaishankar for making Bhutan his first official foreign visit barely a week after assuming Office. Lyonpo also offered warm felicitations on his appointment as the Minister of External Affairs of India. Lyonpo underscored that the special friendship that exists between Bhutan and India continue to flourish and strengthen, and assured the Royal Government’s continued commitment to further strengthen it in the years ahead.

In his remarks at the reception, Dr. Jaishankar conveyed the good wishes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the people of Bhutan. He said that the people and Government of India are grateful to Their Majesties The Kings for their vision in providing guidance to the relations between our two countries. He also assured that he will do whatever is possible to take Bhutan-India relations to even greater heights.

Meanwhile, the visit is in keeping with the tradition of regular high-level exchange of visits between Bhutan and India.

Tshering from Thimphu

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