Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a two-day state visit to ‘trusted friend and neighbour’ Bhutan from August 17, in a visit that reflects the high priority the Government of India attaches to its relations with Bhutan.
The visit is at the invitation of Prime Minister of Bhutan Dr Lotay Tshering.
Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Bhutan, very early in his second term, is in line with GoI’s continued emphasis on its ‘Neighbourhood First Policy’.
During the visit, the Prime Minister is expected to receive audiences with Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the King of Bhutan and Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth King of Bhutan and hold talks with the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Dr. Lotay Tshering, the statement said.
India and Bhutan share a special and time-tested partnership, anchored in mutual understanding and respect and reinforced by a shared cultural heritage and strong people to people links.
The visit is in keeping with the tradition of regular high-level exchanges between the two countries and provides an opportunity to the two sides to discuss ways to further strengthen and diversify the bilateral partnership, including economic and development co-operation, hydro-power co-operation, people-to-people-ties as well as share views on regional matters and other issues of mutual interest, it added.