Jaishankar arrives in Bhutan on first leg of ‘SAARC yatra’

Updated - April 02, 2016 07:51 am IST

Published - March 01, 2015 02:40 pm IST - Thimphu

Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar on Sunday called on Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay soon after arriving in Thimpu on the first leg of his ‘SAARC yatra.’

“Jaishankar SAARC Yatra begins. Foreign Secy Jaishankar in Thimphu,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted on Sunday.

Bhutan’s trip will be followed by Bangladesh on March 2, Pakistan on March 3 and Afghanistan on March 4.

During the visit to the SAARC capitals, Mr. Jaishankar will review various initiatives for the region, including SAARC satellites and regional university, as were proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Nepal for SAARC Summit last year.

Mr. Jaishankar will travel to Pakistan seven months after India cancelled foreign secretary-level talks because the Pakistan High Commissioner here held consultations with Kashmiri separatists.

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