Chief of the Army Staff General V.K. Singh leaves here on Monday for Bhutan on his first official overseas visit after taking charge.

Defence cooperation between India and Bhutan had seen a rise and the June 7-11 visit of Gen. Singh underlined the priority India accorded in maintaining peaceful and cordial ties with its immediate neighbours, the Army said.

During his visit, Gen. Singh is scheduled to interact with His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Prime Minister and top Royal Bhutan Army hierarchy. He will also visit important training establishments and other places of interest.

In 2005, the Bhutan King attended a course at the prestigious National Defence College here. He is scheduled to be the Guest of Honour at the NDC's golden jubilee celebrations later this year

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