Narendra Modi to visit Bhutan on Aug 17 and 18

The Indian Prime Minister will be addressing the students of Royal University of Bhutan

August 09, 2019 04:23 pm | Updated November 28, 2021 10:25 am IST - New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Bhutan on August 17 for a two-day visit during which the two strategic allies will explore ways to further strengthen and diversify bilateral partnership, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Friday.

Bhutan was the first country Mr. Modi visited after assuming charge as prime minister in 2014.

“Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Bhutan, very early in his second term, is in line with government of India’s continued emphasis on its ‘Neighbourhood First Policy’,” the ministry said.

During the visit, Mr. Modi will hold talks with his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering and is expected to get an audience with King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck.

Mr. Modi will be inaugurating the Mangdechhu hydropower project built on the Mangdechhu River in Trongsa Dzongkhag District of central Bhutan.

Mr. Modi will be addressing the students of Royal University of Bhutan. India will also be launching RuPay cards in Bhutan.

India has pledged ₹5,000 crore for 12th five-year plan of Bhutan. First tranche of the amount has been released.

Bhutan has been a strategic ally of India and bilateral ties between the two countries have been on an upswing in the last few years.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar visited the Himalayan nation in June in his first overseas trip after assuming charge of the ministry.

The visit provides an opportunity to the two sides to discuss ways to further strengthen and diversify the bilateral partnership, including economic and development cooperation, hydropower cooperation and people-to-people-ties, the MEA said.

In their talks, Mr. Modi and Mr. Tshering are expected to share views on regional and other issues of mutual interest.

(With inputs from PTI)

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