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External Affairs Minister Sticks to Tradition First Visit to Bhutan

Published Jun 07, 2019
Updated May 05, 2020

Ministry of External Affairs indicated that External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar will visit Bhutan from 07-08 June, 2019. This is Dr. Jaishankar’s first visit abroad as the External Affairs Minister and reflects the importance that India attaches to its bilateral relationship with Bhutan, a close friend and neighbour.

During the visit, External Affairs Minister is expected to receive audience with H.M. Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the King of Bhutan; call-on Lyonchhen Dr. Lotay Tshering, Prime Minister of Bhutan; and meet his counterpart Lyonpo Dr. Tandi Dorji, Foreign Minister of Bhutan. India and Bhutan share a unique and time tested bilateral relationship, characterized by utmost trust, goodwill and mutual understanding.

During the visit, the two sides will discuss entire gamut of bilateral relations, including the upcoming high-level exchanges, economic development and hydro-power cooperation. External Affairs Minister’s visit is in keeping with the tradition of regular visits and exchange of views at the high levels between the two countries.

Keeping in view the normal tradition External affairs minister S Jaishankar will embark on a two-day visit to Bhutan, his first bilateral trip after assuming charge of the ministry as well as the first by any minister in the cabinet. Prime Minister Modi will be leaving for Maldives followed by Sri Lanka.

There is a break from the tradition in that the Prime Minister normally visited Bhutan but the shift in priority and the strong support that the government seeks to give to Maldives in the reordered priorities and keeping in view the new realities has led to the shift in the visit schedule.

It is believed that Prime Minister Mr Modi will visit Bhutan too shortly thereby ensuring that the proximate importance of the country being in the show window with China as the closes competitor is maintained as was evident in the Doklam standoff in 2017 when India prevented the Chinese from encroaching in the trijunction.