“Unique Partnership”, Says S Jaishankar After Meeting With Bhutan King

Thimphu: Following his meeting with Bhutan’s King, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar praised the King’s vision for the country’s transformation and said it was a significant factor in establishing the ‘unique’ connection with India.

After meeting the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar admired his vision of transforming Bhutan and termed it a key aspect in shaping the ‘unique’ partnership with India.

Dr. S Jaishankar, the Indian External Affairs Minister, met with Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering and addressed the present global situation as well as bilateral collaboration between the two countries.

During the meeting, Mr. Jaishankar updated the Prime Minister on the bilateral cooperation and development partnership’s progress. On Friday, the EAM landed in Bhutan for an official visit.

Mr. Jaishankar also presented Bhutan with the 12th batch of medical supplies as a gift. He also dedicated three projects to the people of Bhutan when he launched them.

Before the visit, he said that he was looking forward to a productive trip and enhancing bilateral cooperation between India and Bhutan. “Delighted to be back in Bhutan. Good to see @FMBhutan Tandi Dorji. Look forward to a productive visit,” Mr Jaishankar tweeted.

He also posted photos of his arrival in the city. According to an official announcement from India’s External Affairs Ministry, Mr. Jaishankar is in Bhutan at the invitation of his Bhutanese colleague Lyonpo Tandi Dorji (MEA).

According to the statement, India and Bhutan have a unique and long-standing bilateral relationship marked by greatest trust, goodwill, and mutual understanding. Mr. Jaishankar is the first high-level foreign visiting to Bhutan since March 2020. The two sides will discuss all areas of mutual importance during the visit, including upcoming high-level meetings, economic development, and hydropower cooperation.

Mr. Jaishankar landed in Dhaka on April 28 to begin a three-day visit to Bangladesh and Bhutan. Jaishankar’s visit to Bangladesh is notable because it is his first since March 2021.

During his official visit to Bangladesh, Mr Jaishankar met with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and communicated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to her to visit India later this year. EAM Jaishankar also discussed bilateral, regional, and international topics of mutual interest with Bangladesh’s Prime Minister.

Mr. Jaishankar also met with Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister, AK Abdul Momen, and invited him to the Joint Consultative Commission’s next meeting, which would be held in India ahead to PM Hasina’s visit.

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