Visit: Bhutan attaches high importance to its relations with West Bengal, an immediate and a friendly neighboring Indian state.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay yesterday conveyed this to West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on the second day of his four-day visit to West Bengal’s capital Kolkata.

Lyonchoen, economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk and other members of the delegation paid a courtesy call on the governor at the Raj Bhavan in Kolkata yesterday afternoon.

According to a news release from the Prime Minister’s Office the Prime Minister also said that the two sides would only benefit from collaborating in all areas of mutual interest.

The leaders commended Bhutan and India’s exemplary relationship and bilateral cooperation, which they agreed has proved to be greatly beneficial in promoting economic and commercial ventures between the two countries.

“Today, Bhutan-India friendship is looked upon as an excellent example of how two nations despite their differences in size and population can enjoy a relationship that is mutually beneficial,” the news release stated.

Meanwhile, the delegation also visited Dakineshwar and Kalighat temples in the city. Lyonchoen and the officials offered prayers and paid respects to two of the most holy shrines of goddess Kali in India.


Lyonchoen with Governor Tripathi

Later in the evening, the Prime Minister attended a dinner as the guest of honor, hosted by the Chief Minister of West Bengal at the Eco-Tourism Park.

The Prime Minister on Wednesday met the state’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Lyonchoen will attend the two-day Bengal Global Business Summit beginning in Kolkata starting today.

He also visited the Bhutanese consulate and interacted with the consul general on Wednesday.

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