PM Modi’s historic visit to Bhutan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day State visit to Bhutan underscores India’s commitment to strengthening its unique relations with the Himalayan nation, in line with the ‘Neighbourhood First’ Policy. His arrival at Paro airport was met with a red-carpet welcome, followed by a ceremonial welcome by Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay. The warm reception extended to Prime Minister Modi continued throughout his journey from Paro International Airport to Thimphu, with Bhutanese people lining the entire 45-kilometer route, adorned with both Indian and Bhutanese flags. The visit, originally scheduled for March 21-22, was postponed due to inclement weather, but its significance remained unchanged. During his stay, Prime Minister Modi is set to meet with Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the King of Bhutan, as well as Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth King of Bhutan, and hold talks with Prime Minister Tobgay. The visit provides an opportunity for both nations to discuss bilateral and regional matters of interest, aiming to expand and deepen their exemplary partnership for the benefit of their peoples. The Ministry of External Affairs emphasized the enduring nature of the India-Bhutan partnership, rooted in mutual trust, understanding, and goodwill, further enriched by shared spiritual heritage and people-to-people ties. Prime Minister Modi is expected to be accorded a grand welcome at the Tashichho Dzong, a traditional Buddhist monastery and Bhutanese government seat. Additionally, he will inaugurate the Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Mother and Child Hospital in Thimphu, a state-of-the-art facility built with India’s assistance. This visit reciprocates the recent visit of Bhutanese Prime Minister Tobgay to India, where he engaged in various high-level meetings, emphasizing the importance of bilateral cooperation. It underscores the mutual commitment of both countries to further enhancing their relationship across various sectors.

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