Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has congratulated Bhutan’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Tshering Tobgay, who is set to be the country’s next PM, and promised “steadfast” and “unflinching” support of India while remaining sensitive to its interest.

Dr. Singh sent a letter of greeting to Mr. Tobgay on Saturday night after the PDP, the opposition party in Bhutan, won the elections to the Nation Assembly.

Dr. Singh said he has already given instruction to officials for preparing the roadmap for plan assistance to Bhutan and that he look forward to working with Mr. Togbay to further enhance the cooperation between the two countries.

Dr. Singh invited Mr. Tobgay to visit India at an early date.

“It gives me the great pleasure to felicitate Your Excellency on the success of the People’s Democratic Party as well as on your own election to the National Assembly on the historic democratic elections in Bhutan,” Dr. Singh said in the letter.

Assuring him the “steadfast” and “unflinching” support of Indians for the steady steps that Bhutan is taking to further strengthen democratic process and institutions, Dr. Singh said, “India is a privileged partner of Bhutan and its people in their socio-economic progress and development.”

Dr. Singh underlined India’s undiminished commitment to Bhutan in preserving the unique and special traditional ties.

“Our bilateral ties are anchored in a strong foundation of trust, mutual confidence and understanding. India is and will remain sensitive to Bhutan and its interests,” Dr. Singh said.

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