S Jaishankar to visit Bhutan today, his first bilateral meet as foreign minister

External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar will embark on a two-day visit to Bhutan on Friday, his first bilateral trip after assuming charge of the ministry.

The visit reflects the importance that India attaches to its bilateral relationship with Bhutan, a close friend, and neighbour, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.

“During the visit, Jaishankar is expected to meet King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Prime Minister Lotay Tshering and his counterpart Tandi Dorji,” a statement said.

“The two sides will discuss entire gamut of bilateral relations, including the upcoming high-level exchanges, economic development and hydro-power cooperation,” the statement added.

“External Affairs Minister’s visit is in keeping with the tradition of regular visits and exchange of views at the high levels between the two countries,” it said.

India and Bhutan share a unique and time-tested bilateral relationship, characterized by utmost trust, goodwill and mutual understanding.