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Bhutan to focus on development during talks with India

Bhutan’s development agenda is expected to feature in bilateral talks that will be held during the visit of the country’s newly elected Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, that began on Thursday. Sources said the 12th five year plan of the Himalayan country is among several topics expected to come up during the official level talks.

“The visit by Prime Minister of Bhutan is essentially to get to know him and also to have a discussion on how we can be supportive of the 12th five year plan,” said an official source here. The visit by the Bhutanese leader is the first since he took charge of the post of the Prime Minister on November 7.

Dr. Tshering, a well-regarded surgeon in Bhutan, led his party Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa to victory in the October 18 election, in which the party won 30 of the 47 seats of the Bhutanese national assembly. The victorious party had presented an agenda of development during the poll that is the agenda of the government in Thimphu.

The Indian source hinted that India is aware that Prime Minister Tshering has to deliver on his development promises. It was also known that both sides will discuss the details of the ongoing hydro electricity projects in Bhutan.

The visit, the first foreign trip by the leader since he took charge, also highlights the special relation that exists between Bhutan and India.

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