His Majesty The King granted an audience to India’s external affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, at the Lingkana Palace yesterday. The minister is on a two-day official visit to Bhutan- his first visit abroad as minister.

India’s external affairs minister visits Bhutan

Minister of external affairs of India, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar (PhD), is in the country on a two-day official visit.

The minister received an audience with His Majesty The King yesterday. In the afternoon, he called on Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering, and met with foreign minister Lyonpo Dr Tandi Dorji. The two sides discussed various areas of cooperation between the two countries and exchange of high-level visits.

At a reception hosted for the minister, Lyonpo Dr Tandi Dorji thanked him for making Bhutan his first official foreign visit barely a week after assuming office, a press release from the foreign ministry states. Lyonpo also offered warm felicitations on his appointment as the Minister of External Affairs of India. Lyonpo underscored that the special friendship that exists between Bhutan and India continue to flourish and strengthen, and assured the Royal Government’s continued commitment to further strengthen it in the years ahead.

In his remarks at the reception, the external affairs minster conveyed the good wishes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the people of Bhutan. He said that the people and Government of India are grateful to Their Majesties The Kings for their vision in providing guidance to the relations between our two countries. He also assured that he will do whatever is possible to take Bhutan-India relations to even greater heights.

The visit is in keeping with the tradition of regular high-level exchange of visits between Bhutan and India.

Staff Reporter

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