The visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bhutan transcended mere diplomatic formalities. It symbolises a profound bond rooted in shared values and mutual respect between the two countries.

As the leader of the world’s largest democracy, Prime Minister Modi’s deliberate choice of Bhutan as his inaugural state visit since assuming office underscores the exceptional significance accorded to the relationship between Bhutan and India.

This marks Prime Minister Modi’s third visit to Bhutan during his tenure. What this shows is the enduring nature of bilateral ties and the depth of engagement between our governments.

However, this visit holds a special resonance as it coincides with the conferment of Bhutan’s highest civilian honour, the Ngada Pelgi Khorlo, upon Prime Minister Modi. This prestigious award is a tangible manifestation of Bhutan’s profound appreciation for Prime Minister Modi’s exemplary leadership on national, regional, and global fronts.

Prime Minister Modi’s stewardship has steered India toward unprecedented economic growth, solidifying its position as the fastest-growing economy globally. With projections placing India as the third-largest economy by 2030, Prime Minister Modi’s visionary leadership has not only transformed the Indian landscape but also catalysed progress across the region.

Bhutan is privileged to count Prime Minister Modi among its esteemed friends, recognising his unwavering dedication to fostering prosperity and well-being for all.

Beyond the realm of economics, Prime Minister Modi’s visit resonates deeply with the ethos of friendship and co-operation that define the Bhutan-India relationship. As neighbours bound by geography and shared values, our nations have embarked on a journey of mutual support and collaboration, guided by the principles of trust and solidarity.

Prime Minister Modi’s visit symbolises the continuation of this cherished partnership, reaffirming India’s steadfast commitment to its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy.

As we celebrate this momentous occasion, it is imperative to reflect on the strides made and the milestones yet to be achieved in our collective pursuit of progress and prosperity.

Prime Minister Modi’s visit serves as a reminder that great potential lies within our partnership, which should inspire us to redouble our efforts in realising our shared aspirations for the betterment of our peoples.

Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Bhutan is diplomacy at its finest. As we navigate the complexities of an ever-changing world, this camaraderie that defines the Bhutan-India relationship, should be nurtured so that, together, we can lead the world towards a more friendly and prosperous future.