India, Bhutan set to boost ties as Bhutanese PM visits India

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New Delhi: Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering being received by Minister of State Shiv Pratap Shukla on his arrival at IGI Airport T3 in New Delhi, Thursday, Dec 27, 2018. (MEA Photo via PTI)

New Delhi: Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering being received by Minister of State Shiv Pratap Shukla on his arrival at IGI Airport T3 in New Delhi, Thursday, Dec 27, 2018. (MEA Photo via PTI)

Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering is on a three-day visit to India. During his visit, he will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Ministry of External Affairs said Monday.

This is Tshering’s first visit to the country since taking charge last month. The ministers of Foreign Affairs, Economic Affairs and other senior officials will be accompanying the Bhutanese prime minister, a statement said.

Tshering will deliberate on ways to step up ties between the two neighbours and also call on President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and other ministers will call on the Bhutanese prime minister, the statement said.

The two sides are likely to discuss all aspects of bilateral relations, including high-level exchanges, people-to-people ties, and economic, development and hydropower cooperation.

PM Tshering’s vsiit will provide an opportunity to the two sides to review the progress in the multifaceted partnership, and discuss ways and means to expand the enduring ties of friendship and cooperation, the statement said.

Tshering’s visit comes a month after Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale’s official trip to Bhutan.

(PTI)