Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s yesterday started his two-day visit in Bhutan with a message of trust and friendship.
Referring to Bhutan as India’s trusted friend and neighbour, he said India and Bhutan enjoyed excellent bilateral ties exemplified by extensive development partnership, mutually beneficial hydropower co-operation, and strong trade and economic linkages.
“These are reinforced by a shared spiritual heritage and robust people-to-people ties,” he said.
He also said that both countries jointly celebrated the golden jubilee of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations last year.
“India-Bhutan partnership today is of a special character and substance and forms an important pillar of government of India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy.”
Modi said he looked forward to having fruitful discussions with His Majesty The King, His Majesty The Fourth King and the Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering on the entire gamut of bilateral relations.
He said:“I also look forward to addressing young Bhutanese students at the prestigious Royal University of Bhutan.”
He also said he was confident that his visit would promote the time-tested and valued friendship between the two countries and consolidate it further for the prosperous future and progress of the people of both our countries.