Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Lok Sabha Speaker, Meira Kumar on Friday announced the setting of a Parliamentary Friendship Group to help reinforce and renew the bonds of friendship between India and Bhutan.

Addressing a joint session of the Bhutanese Parliament, Ms. Kumar recalled the close economic partnership as well as cultural and educational exchanges between the two countries and said it was a great privilege for India to extend support to the people of Bhutan in their “peaceful march towards democracy.''

She lauded the concept of ‘gross national happiness' adopted by Bhutan and said India and the world at large had much to learn from the country.

Ms. Kumar is on a visit to Bhutan leading a high level parliamentary delegation. She is the first Lok Sabha Speaker to address a joint session of the Bhutanese Parliament.