Diplomacy: The first official visit of the Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay to Singapore has explored more areas of cooperation between the two countries, according to a press release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.

Lyonchoen was on a three-day visit to Singapore and arrived back in Bhutan yesterday. During his visit the Prime Minister met with Acting President of Singapore, JY Pillay and the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong.

During the course of discussions, Lyonchoen conveyed the warm greetings of His Majesty The King, Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen and His Majesty The Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

According to the press release, Lyonchoen during discussions said that the close relationship between His Majesty The King and leaders in Singapore has resulted in “excellent relations” between the two countries.

Lyonchoen welcomed greater cooperation in disaster preparedness and sports including the possibility of training Singaporean athletes in the high altitudes of Bhutan.

The Prime Minister of Singapore expressed his appreciation to His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen for personally attending the funeral services of the former Prime Minister and the founding father of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew.

Lyonchoen also visited a vertical farm, which is an innovative way of farming in the city. Such farms currently cater to 30 percent of the domestic vegetable demand in Singapore.

On the second day of his visit, Lyonchoen visited the Singapore Tourism Board and discussed ways to promote tourism between the two countries.

Besides the Asia Pacific Google centre, Lyonchoen also visited the Institute of Technical Education and Woodland Integrated Border Check, one of the busiest immigration checkpoints in Singapore.

On the last day of his visit, Lyonchoen delivered a talk titled “Democracy” at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Diplomacy of the National University of Singapore.

Staff Reporter