Prime Minister Narendra Modi On 2 Day State Visit To Strengthen India-Bhutan Bilateral Ties


Prime Minister Modi is visiting Bhutan upon the invitation of Bhutan's Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering.

(Source: Facebook/His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck)


By Staff Reporter BBS

His Majesty The King granted an audience to the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi at the Throne Room of the Tashichhodzong on the afternoon of 17 August. Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen was also present during the audience.

Prime Minister Modi was escorted into the Tashichhdzong in a traditional Chipdrel Ceremony, and a Guard of Honour was also present at the courtyard of the dzong (monastery).


India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was escorted into Tashichhodzong in a traditional chipdrel ceremony.

Photo: Facebook/His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck


Welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in the country for a two-day state visit. He was received by Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering at the Paro International Airport this morning.

Also present were the Foreign Minister, Dr Tandi Dorji, Economic Affairs Minister, Loknath Sharma as well as senior government officials and officials from the Indian Embassy.

The Indian PM was presented a guard of honour. On his way to Thimphu from Paro, the Indian Prime Minister was greeted by hundreds of students.

An official statement from the Foreign Ministry said that the visit is a clear reflection of the importance that Prime Minister Narendra Modi attaches to relations with Bhutan. It underscores the strong bonds of friendship and cooperation that exist between the two countries.

Signing of Memorandum of Understandings

In the evening, the Indian Prime Minister also inaugurated the 720 MW Mangdechhu Hydroelectric project, South Asia Satellite, and RuPay Card.


 Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 720 MW Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Plant at the Semtokha Dzong on 17 Aug 2019. 

Photo: BBS


In addition, several Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) were signed between the two countries.

Among others, discussions were also held on space programs and technologies, increase in currency swap limit, raising green LPG cylinder supply as well as developing the Sankosh and Kholongchhu projects.

Later in the evening, the Lyonchen Dr Lotay Tshering hosted a banquet in honour of Prime Minister Modi.

Reinforcing bilateral relations

There were also talks between the two Prime Ministers on all aspects of bilateral relations as well as international issues of mutual concern and interest.

Tomorrow, the Prime Minister Modi will address the students of the Royal University of Bhutan(RUB). Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also meet the Opposition Leader, Pema Gyamtsho (PhD).

This is the second state visit after his first in 2014 and this time, he is visiting Bhutan upon the invitation of Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering.


This article first appeared in BBS and has been edited for Daily Bhutan.


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