Bhutanese King arrives in India to review bilateral ties

RSTV Bureau

Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday morning for a four-day visit. The Bhutanese King is scheduled to hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where both countries will review the entire range of bilateral ties.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj received the visitors at the airport.

King Wangchuck’s visit is the first high-level visit from Bhutan to India after the Doklam standoff near the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction was resolved. On August 28, India and China agreed to de-escalate the tension after a 73-day stalemate. Both Indian and Chinese troops agreed to “disengage” to resolve the issue.

Apart from meeting Prime Minister Modi, the Bhutanese King will also meet the President. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu will also call on him.

“India and Bhutan enjoy unique ties of friendship, which are characterised by deep understanding and mutual trust. The visit of His Majesty the King of Bhutan is in keeping with the long standing tradition of regular high-level exchanges between the two countries,” a ministry statement said.

The visit will provide an opportunity to both the sides for reviewing the entire gamut of bilateral cooperation, including plans for befitting celebrations of golden jubilee of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in the year 2018, and to advance the special bilateral ties of friendship and cooperation, the statement added.

Earlier this month, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had travelled to Bhutan and held talks with the King and Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay.

(With inputs from PTI)