Commemorative Bhutanese stamps and a magazine, Bhutan Panorama was released to mark the celebration

The 38th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty The King was celebrated as a special event to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the diplomatic relations between India and Bhutan, yesterday at the Royal Bhutanese Embassy in New Delhi, India.

A press release from Bhutan Embassy states that the minister for external affairs of India, Sushma Swaraj and foreign minister, Damcho Dorji jointly launched the commemorative Bhutanese stamps published by Bhutan Post for the Golden Jubilee celebrations and a special issue of ‘Bhutan Panorama’ magazine published by India-Bhutan Friendship Association in coordination with the Royal Bhutanese Embassy.

Prizes for the top three winners of an essay competition organised by the embassy among Bhutanese students studying in India on the theme ‘India-Bhutan relations’ was also awarded.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, on behalf of the Government and the people of India, extended greetings to His Majesty The King and wished His Majesty good health, happiness and continued success in His pursuit of peace and prosperity for the friendly people of Bhutan.

She said that India is proud of the special and exemplary ties of friendship and cooperation between the two countries, which are built on shared values and aspirations, utmost trust and mutual respect. On behalf of the Government and the people of India, she also reaffirmed India’s abiding commitment to nurture and advance the special and privileged partnership with Bhutan.

Lyonpo Damcho Dorji said that the firm foundation that was laid for India-Bhutan relations 50 years ago have grown and flourished.

He said that India-Bhutan relationship has been carefully nurtured and strengthened under the wise leadership of the visionary Monarchs and successive dynamic leaders of India cutting across party lines.

On behalf of the people and the Government of Bhutan, Lyonpo also expressed appreciation to the people and Government of India, for India’s generous and unstinted support, friendship and cooperation in Bhutan socio-economic development.

Artists from the Royal Academy of Performing Arts, the Bhutanese film industry, Bhutanese students in India, and the Indian community presented cultural performances.

While in New Delhi, Lyonpo Damcho Dorji had a bilateral meeting with the External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. During the meeting, the two Foreign Ministers held discussions on a range of matters of bilateral interest between Bhutan and India. External Affairs Minister Shrimati Sushma Swaraj hosted a dinner in honour of Lyonpo Damcho Dorji.

Staff reporter